§ Mr. Houghton
asked the Minister of Pensions what is the permanent complement of non-industrial posts in his Department in the minor and manipulative grades; sub-clerical and typing grades; clerical grades; executive bades; administrative grades; and professional and technical grades, respectively; and whether he will state, in respect of each group, the number of staff in post at the latest convenient date.
The figures are as follows:
Grades Permanent complement In post on 1st March 1952 Minor and manipulative Nil Nil Messengers and Paper Keepers 270 289 Sub-clerical and typing 1,882 1,562 Clerical 2,337 2,422 Executive 843 1,006 Administrative 20 18 Professional and technical 32 8
§ Mr. Houghton
asked the Minister of Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that the economy discharges of staff in his Department have been carried out consistent with the relevant agreements, with the recognised staff associations, on redundancy and retirement procedures; and whether he is aware that the representations protesting against the procedures followed have emanated from an unrecognised and unrepresentative body calling itself the National Association of Temporary Civil Servants.
There has been full consultation with the Staff Side of the Departmental Whitley Council at all stages. I can assure the hon. Member that the selection of staff for discharge has been wholly consistent with the relevant agreements. I am aware of the protests to which the hon. Member refers in the second part of his Question.