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Northern Ireland (Motor Car Insurance Premiums)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether the recent decision of the Civil Service Department to reimburse civil servants serving in Northern Ireland the additional cost of motor car insurance premiums will mean distinctions in the conditions of service of locally recruited civil servants and of those who are recruited elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

Officers who are posted for a limited tour of duty to Northern Ireland may have to pay higher insurance premiums than would otherwise be the case on transfer anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Reimbursement of additional expenditure incurred as a direct consequence of transfer represents one of the special arrangements introduced for United Kingdom civil servants posted to the Province on limited tours in the public interest. None of these is appropriate to indigenous United Kingdom civil servants in Northern Ireland.