HC Deb 10 March 1966 vol 725 cc639-40W
Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what action has been taken with regard to the establishment of a pensionable career service for experts working in the Commonwealth.

Mr. Oram

Thorough examination has been made of this idea in recent years but it has shown that a career service would be impracticable. The present-day demand is for British people to serve temporarily in the developing countries of the Commonwealth. Britain's ability to meet this demand is being improved by the implementation of the plans announced in Chapter XI of the Command Paper "Overseas Development: The Work of the New Ministry" (Cmnd. 2736, August, 1965), including the establishment of a corps of specialists in the employment of the Ministry of Overseas Development.