HC Deb 23 June 1931 vol 254 cc243-4W

asked the Minister of Pensions the name of the successor to the Ministry of Pensions representative in Canada, who has just left to take up his duties; the exact work he has hitherto been doing at the Ministry of Pensions; and the length and nature of his service in the Civil Service?


The name of the newly appointed British representative in Canada is Mr. F. N. Smith. The grade of the post he has gone out to fill is that of administrative principal, and his promotion to this grade followed a period of nine years' service as an administrative assistant principal. Mr. Smith entered the service of the Ministry of Pensions in 1920 and was engaged upon various duties in the establishment and awarding branches until 1928, when he was appointed principal private secretary to my predecessor, and in this capacity he served under me until he left to take up his duties in Canada. Mr. Smith entered the Civil Service as an assistant clerk at the Admiralty in 1913. He was absent on active service as lieutenant in the Royal Air Force from November, 1916, to May, 1919. On his return to civil duties he became an acting superintending assistant clerk, and on 6th February, 1920, was transferred to the intermediate grade as a second class clerk, from which date he was later assimilated to the executive grade. His promotion to the rank of acting assistant principal took place on 1st April, 1922; the appointment was made substantive on 26th January, 1925. Mr. Smith was, in January last, created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his excellent services to my Ministry.