HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 cc69-70W
Sir A. Gomme-Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made to set up a re-settlement bureau or otherwise assist the re-employment of those officers of the Eastern and Western Regions of Nigeria who will be retiring under the arrangements made for self-government.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Last year Her Majesty's Government established a Bureau for the re-settlement of officers retiring under the Malanisation programmes from the Federation of Malaya and Singapore. The functions of the Bureau have now been extended to cover officers retiring from other territories, including particularly those who retire prematurely from territories achieving self-government. The Bureau has been redesignated "The Overseas Services Resettlement Bureau" and measures have been taken to bring this valuable source of manpower to the notice of industrialists.

Apart from the work of the Bureau, retired officers are wherever possible considered for employment elsewhere in the Overseas Territories, and the regulations for appropriate Home Civil Service and Foreign Service Competitions have been amended to permit officers of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service to deduct their period of service from their age in determining eligibility to compete. Such officers may also be admitted to the business administration courses arranged for the resettlement of ex-officers of the Armed Services.