Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service (Post-War Recruitment)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1944.

Alert me about debates like this

The following Question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. GEOFFREY HUTCHINSON: 89. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is yet in a position to make any further statement about recruitment to the permanent Civil Service in the immediate postwar years.

At the end of Questions

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

As this matter is one of considerable general interest I should like, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, and by leave of the House, to inform the House that a White Paper will be available to hon. Members to-morrow, containing a report on this subject from the Civil Service National Whitley Council, prefaced by a general statement by the Government concerning both recruitment and other related matters affecting the Civil Service. I would only add that it is the Government's intention that an early opportunity should be given to the House to discuss the proposals in the report. The Government, for their part, accept the recommendations, and will wish to invite the House to support them in that view.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson , Ilford

Before final decisions are taken on the report, will the right hon. Gentleman take account of the widespread desire which exists in this House that the fullest possible preference shall be given to ex-Service men and women in filling these vacancies in the Civil Service?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

Yes. Sir, I can readily give that assurance, and, as I have said, there will be no final decisions until the whole matter has been fully discussed in this House.