HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 cc845-6
30. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation on what dates were advertisements by the International Civil Aviation Organisation for important positions published in the British Press.

Mr. Lindgren

As far as I am aware, the current vacancies in the Secretariat of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, to which I assume the hon. and gallant Member is referring, have not been advertised in the Press of this country. My Department circulated, towards the end of July, 1948, a memorandum giving particulars of these posts to such civil aviation organisations and Government Departments in this country as might be interested.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Does the Parliamentary Secretary realise that these 50 posts, carrying a salary of £750 a year to £2,750, were advertised in American newspapers at the beginning of July? Why should American citizens have an unfair advantage over British citizens in applying for these well-paid posts in an international organisation?

Mr. Lindgren

They would only have had an advantage if British applications could not get in in time, but, as the closing date was 1st September, applications from Britain were in time.

Air-Commander Harvey

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that at the time this was made known through the organisations in Great Britain only two weeks were available for applications to be sent in?

Mr. Lindgren

That is not my information. My information is that particulars were circulated at the end of July and applications for the posts were due in on 1st September.

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