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Ex-Senior Civil Servants (Appointments)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has as to the number of civil servants who resign or retire from his Department and take up appointments in defence-related industries other than immediately after leaving the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

Civil servants resigning or retiring from the Ministry of Defence in order to take up appointments in defence-related industries are required to seek prior departmental approval before so doing. This requirement remains effective for a period of two years following an individual's date of retirement or resignation. The number of civil servants who take up such appointments within the two years is not readily available. The number who take up appointments after two years is not known to my Department.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down by grade and division within his Department the officials who have left to take jobs in industry in each of the years from 1980 to 1984.

The number of civil servants who made applications under the business appointments rules in the years in question are as follows:management organisation procedures in his Department in the light of the steady increase in the rate of departure of his civil servants for jobs in industry.