HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc133-4W
38. Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what steps are being taken to mitigate the hardship suffered by civil servants, and their families, who are posted to Northern Ireland.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

A number of measures were introduced in July 1972 to recognise the special difficulties of United Kingdom civil servants who are transferred to Northern Ireland. These include travel concessions for the purpose of reuniting families, payment of guardianship or boarding school allowance for children left behind in Great Britain and provisions for limiting the length of time a transferred officer may be required to stay in Northern Ireland. Special attention has also been given to welfare matters.