2. Lieut. - Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL
asked the Minister of Pensions with regard to the deputation of the Association of Ex-Service Civil Servants, which was received by him on tile 8th May last, and was informed that three non-service temporary officials then employed by the Ministry were under notice of termination of their appointments, which information was subsequently confirmed in writing on the 3rd June last, if he will say whether the three cases referred to included that of the non-service temporary official who was recently transferred from the Wales region, Ministry of Pensions, to the headquarters of the Ministry; whether the official in question is in fact under notice; and the date on which such notice, if any, will be made effective?
The answer to the first part of the hon. and gallant Member's question is in the affirmative. As I stated in a reply to a question on the same subject on the 31st ultimo, the officer is being temporarily retained on work for which he has exceptional qualifications. His retention is definitely in the public interest, and while he is at present under notice for the 30th September, I am not in a position to say that a further extension of his services may not be required. In any event, I do not contemplate that a fresh appointment will be necessary when he goes.
Sir F. HALL
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the position which he is now holding was created for this gentleman?
No; but work arose of a very exceptional nature, and if the hon. and gallant Member will have a chat with me, I will explain matters to him.