HC Deb 27 October 1943 vol 393 cc160-1
4. Mr. Kirby

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to improve the pay and prospects of the registry clerks, shorthand-typists and other members of the subordinate grades employed in the Foreign Office?

Mr. Law

My right hon. Friend fully appreciates the need for improving the conditions of service for the members of the subordinate grades of the Foreign Office. He is also impressed, as the recent White Paper made clear, by the need for ensuring that these essential subordinate services, which at present belong to the Home Civil Service, shall in future form part of the new Foreign Service. My right hon. Friend has therefore drawn up a plan for including established employees of the subordinate ranks of the Foreign Office in the new Foreign Service, with the obligation to serve abroad when required, and with prospects of a good career and improved pay consequential on this obligation. These proposals are now under discussion with the Treasury.