HC Deb 22 May 1939 vol 347 c1906
36. Mr. Viant

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the position of those ex-service men in his Department who are being invited to rejoin the Services for a period of three years and that a number have already been informed, when asking for release, that on their return their re-employment will be based on the existing rule in Manual G.I.C., which, in effect, means that they must obtain a Civil Service certificate, enter at the foot of the class and their re-appointment to be subject to probation of one year; and will he reconsider the position of these men in view of the changed circumstances and the valuable services these men are able to render?

Major Tryon

I understand that the question relates to invitations to established officers to rejoin the Army and Air Force as instructors. In view of the circumstances in which the men concerned have been invited to rejoin the Forces, it has been decided that they should be granted special leave without pay for this purpose. Under this arrangement the disadvantages referred to by the hon. Member will be removed.