§ 35. Mr. BARR(for Mr. MAXTON)
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether recommendations have been made to the Treasury for the establishment as intelligence officers of two temporary officials; and whether, since this procedure violates the Regulations laid down for recruitment to the intelligence officer grade, in so far as no public invitation has been made for applications for these posts, he will give particulars of the qualifications of these two officials for the two posts in question?
A recommendation has been made to the Treasury with a view to the establishment of one temporary official. The Regulations referred to were not intended to prejudice temporary officials. The action taken in this case was in accordance with the provisions of the memorandum attached to the Departmental reorganisation agreement, which expressly contemplates that special arrangements may be necessary, during the transitional period, to deal with existing temporary personnel. The officer in question has been given an acting, but 583 not an established, appointment in the intelligence officer grade. For the last five years he has been discharging satisfactorily duties identical with those of intelligence officers.