§ Sir F. Markham
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether staff of the East African High Commission who are members of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service, and who contracted to serve in dependent territories, are under an obligation to serve in independent territories such as Tanganyika after 9th December, 1961.
§ Mr. Maudling
In accordance with the agreement on the future of East Africa High Commission Services reached in London in June of this year (Cmd. 1433) the East African Common Services Organisation will replace the East Africa High Commission when Tanganyika becomes independent.43W
All officers in the service of the East Africa High Commission will then become the employees of the new Organisation on the same general conditions of service as apply now, including a liability to serve in any of the territories served by the Organisation.
In accordance with the undertakings given in Cmd. 1433, however, when the Common Services Organisation is set up, members of H.M.O.C.S. in the service of the Organisation will be permitted to retire with compensation for loss of career. They will normally be required to give six months' notice of retirement, but in special circumstances this may be raised or reduced.