HC Deb 30 May 1951 vol 488 cc203-4
28. Air Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many vacancies exist in the Colonial Service in Singapore and Malaya; and what measures he is taking to bring about an increase in recruitment.

Mr. Cook

There are 530 vacancies in all Departments of the Governments of the Federation of Malaya and Singapore to be filled from this country, not all of which however require to be filled immediately and of which 175 have been newly notified this year. Posts filled so far this year total 250. Special measures taken include extensive advertising and approaches to Government Departments and to the home police forces for assistance, and to a number of colonial Governments with a view to facilitating transfer of serving officers to Malaya. Salaries have been revised and special terms for short-term contract appointments arranged.

Air Commodore Harvey

Is the Under-Secretary aware that this grave shortage of civil servants in Malaya is throwing a terrific strain on those carrying out their duties there? Will he try and take on for a short term ex-officers, even men in their fifties, and also approach the Dominion Governments to try and get suitable men?

Mr. Cook

We are exploring every possible avenue.

Mr. T. Reid

How many of these vacancies relate to the administrative service and how many to the technical service?

Mr. Cook

Thirty-one relate to administration and 59 to education.

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