§ Lieut.-Colonel MASON
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, seeing that on the creation of the P class for ex-service men in the Civil Service, one condition was that, although any of this class would be liable to transfer to other Departments the terms 2575W of payment should remain the same as when they were employed as temporary clerks, and that the salaries of about 20 P men, recently transferred from the Department of Overseas Trade to various tax offices in the London area, have, in the majority of cases, been reduced by amounts varying from 18s. to 25s. per week, he will take steps to remedy this?
§ Mr. McNEILL
I think that my hon. and gallant Friend is under a misapprehension. The agreed conditions of service for this class do not provide for the retention by individuals of the rates of pay of the particular grade in which they may have been serving at the time of selection if posts in that grade cease to be available, or of the rates of pay appropriate to a particular working week, but prescribe that where it is necessary to transfer clerks they shall receive the scales of pay and be subject to the conditions of service of the posts to which they are transferred. In the cases referred to, in which certain clerks employed in the Overseas Trade Department became redundant in that Department, the only posts available for them were posts as grade III clerks conditioned to a 42-hours week.