§ Lieut.-Colonel HURST
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what are the classes of women clerks where transfer in accordance with the Reorganisation Report depends on the existence of vacancies in the new complements; whether, although the number of second division men clerks to be transferred according to the Report is greatly in excess of the number of executive vacancies in. the new complements, these officers are being paid at the executive rate and have a claim to all future vacancies until they are absorbed; whether His Majesty's Government will carry out the intention of the official side of the National Whitley Council in laying down in paragraph 67 that those women clerks not transferred to the executive grade shall be transferred to the lower clerical: and, if so, when is the transfer of women clerks to the executive grade, as distinct from promotion to a higher grade, to take place?
Transfer of all officers, and not only of certain grades of women clerks, to a grade higher than that to which they have been assimilated depends on the existence of vacancies. As regards the second part of the question, second998W division clerks have, subject to fitness, been assimilated to the junior executive scale pending their absorption in junior executive or higher clerical posts. The answer to the third part of the question is in the affirmative, and to the fourth, that the transfer of staff to posts in the reorganised complements, including the transfer of any women clerks to be allotted to executive posts, is now being undertaken in the case of each Department at the earliest opportunity.