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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.
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?