HC Deb 14 May 1952 vol 500 cc124-5W
80. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what terms his Department has prescribed for the employment of aliens by the British Broadcasting Corporation for the purpose of their overseas services.

Mr. Gammans

The terms applying are: (1) No alien shall be employed unless the Corporation is fully satisfied, after consulting the appropriate Department of the Ministry of Labour and National Service, that a British subject with qualifications required for the post is unobtainable.

(2) Subject to condition (1), aliens may be given temporary employment in the foreign services without individual authority from the Postmaster-General, provided the appointment concerned complies with the terms of the relaxation of the Nationality Rule applied to civil servants.

(3) Permanent employment of aliens may be given only with the specific written authority of the Postmaster-General. Such an appointment should be regarded as requiring special justification. The fact that a suitable qualified British candidate for a permanent post is not at the moment available should not in itself be considered sufficient reason for the permanent filling of it by an alien, although it could be temporarily filled in accordance with (2).