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Unestablished Civil Servants (Retirement Gratuities)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr Charles Gibson Mr Charles Gibson , Wandsworth Clapham 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement on the matter of retirement gratuities to the unestablished staff in the Civil Service; and whether he will make any improvement retrospective at least to the date of the Royal Commission's Report.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I recently received a deputation on this matter from the Staff Side of the Civil Service National Whitley Council. Having considered their representations very carefully, I have told them that I hope before very long to look again at the possibility of improving these gratuities. I can say no more at present.

Photo of Mr Charles Gibson Mr Charles Gibson , Wandsworth Clapham

Does the Chancellor not realise that that is a very unsatisfactory answer? I am sure that he must be aware that the Royal Commission recommended that something should be done for these unestablished staffs in Government service. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a very large number of them and that, in view of the possible changes in Government employment, large numbers of them may become redundant in the next few months? Will he have another look at the matter and at least treat these men, who have given very loyal service to the State for many years, as well as other people have been treated?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I will certainly keep the matter under consideration. In fact, it would require legislation.