HC Deb 27 March 1945 vol 409 cc1314-5
54. Mrs. Cazalet Keir

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will reconsider his refusal to retain the services of a married woman, whose name has been sent to him, in a permanent capacity in the Civil Service, in view of the fact that her husband, as a result of war service, has contracted tuberculosis of the spine, thus maKinģ it essential for her to have a permanent appointment which she lost on marriage.

Mr. Peake

The rules provide that a woman civil servant who resigns her established post on marriage and is subsequently widowed, or whose husband is incapacitated, will be reinstated only if she had a fairly long period of established service, and reinstatement can be said to be in the public interest. The officer to whom my hon. Friend refers had had, at the time of her marriage, less than one year's established service, and clearly fell outside the rules. I agree, however, that the case presents special features, and I am prepared to look at it again in consultation with the employing Department.

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