§ Mr. Breed
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the promotion criteria within the Radio Communications Agency; what probation term successful candidates have to complete before they are eligible for promotion; what changes in this policy there have been since agency status was established; and what consultations were held with the trade unions on these policies. 811W
§ Mrs. Roche
In order to secure promotion, a candidate must satisfy the Selection Panel that he/she has the skills and experience required for the post at the higher range/grade and is the best candidate for the post.
A probation term must be progressing satisfactorily in order that the probationer may be considered for another post. "The Guide" to employment in the DTI provides that a probationer may complete his/her probation period (normally 12 months) in a higher grade where the officer is promoted through normal promotion procedures while on probation.
Since achieving agency status in 1990. the Agency's promotion procedures have changed three times, on which consultations were held with the trade unions. The position of probationers has arisen only in the last few months and has been the subject of discussions with the trade unions. Revised procedures for the filling of vacancies in the Agency are currently being discussed with the trade Unions.
§ Mrs. Roche
One claim for unfair dismissal was taken before an Industrial Tribunal. The case was dismissed and therefore no compensation was paid.