HC Deb 11 May 1964 vol 695 cc29-30
31. Mr. Loveys

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider making available through the services of his Department details of employment vacancies which are at present only offered through the Overseas Resettlement Bureau.

Mr. Whitelaw

The bureau was, of course, established with the particular purpose of assisting ex-members of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service to obtain suitable employment. I will, however, discuss the suggestion which my hon. Friend has made with my right hon. Friend the Secretary for Technical Co-operation.

Mr. Loveys

I thank my hon. Friend for that very helpful reply as far as it goes. Would he agree that many of the increasing number of British subjects returning from service in the emergent territories feel frustrated that certain details of re-employment for which they are fully qualified are available only to Crown Agents and colonial civil servants through this bureau? I hope that my hon. Friend will be able to obtain this information for other British subjects.

Mr. Whitelaw

I assure my hon. Friend that the Ministry sends the bureau particulars of any notified vacancies particularly suitable for ex-overseas civil servants. All are invited to register for re-employment with both the bureau and the Ministry.