Overseas Appointments

Oral Answers to Questions — Technical Co-Operation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 1963.

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Photo of Mr William Worsley Mr William Worsley , Keighley 12:00 am, 21st May 1963

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation whether, when overseas appointments are filled, preference is given to those with previous overseas service.

Mr. Carr:

Previous overseas experience is regarded as a strong qualification. Of the 1,042 vacancies filled by my Department in 1962, 247 successful candidates had previous overseas experience.

Photo of Mr William Worsley Mr William Worsley , Keighley

Of the thousand or so jobs that he has filled, can my right hon. Friend say how many demanded the special skills of the former overseas civil servant, and whether before he fills them he consults the Overseas Resettlement Bureau?

Mr. Carr:

Dealing with the latter point first, I assure my hon. Friend that the particulars of every vacancy of which we know are sent to the Overseas Resettlement Bureau so that we make sure that people with previous overseas experience can be considered. I cannot give my hon. Friend figures about the number of vacancies which specifically require the skills of those with previous overseas experience in Government service. They obviously are considerable. Nevertheless, it is also true that these developing countries are increasingly wanting new skills, and this is why the old overseas people have to be supplemented with new people.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

Can my right hon. Friend say what progress is being made with the project of his predecessor, that of transferring people who are becoming redundant in Africa as a result of independence to Latin America?

Mr. Carr:

Perhaps I might be allowed to look into that and write to my hon. Friend.