§ Mr. HINDS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether the present Regulations with regard to the age limit and the systematic whole-time education up to the age of eighteen for the recruitment of intermediate clerks will be modified so as to give those assistant clerks of His Majesty's Civil Service who served in His Majesty's Forces during the War an opportunity of competing for these appointments; and whether anything is going to be done for those junior Civil servants who obtained commissions during the War and who, had they not been ordered back to their old positions, would have benefited under the Government reconstruction scheme for officers?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
The point referred to in the first part of the question is now under consideration, but I am not yet in a position to announce a decision. Arrangements have been made under which a Civil servant who has served in the Army and who desires to accept the conditions of the new training scheme for demobilised officers may, with the consent of the head of his Department, resign his post and undergo the course and may be given a conditional promise of reinstatement in his old grade provided 763W that a vacancy is available, previous service being allowed in that event to count for increment and pension. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the Treasury circular of 29th January last, under which junior Civil servants who have served with the forces are eligible for selection for vacant posts in the new Departments superior in status and emoluments to their substantive posts in the service.