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Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the reasons given by civil servants resigning from his Department in each of the years from 1980 to 1984.

Civil servants resigning from the Ministry of Defence to take up alternative employment are not required to provide specific reasons for so doing; but where such information is volunteered, the reasons given vary widely and include such reasons as domestic circumstances and better career prospects.