HC Deb 13 June 1980 vol 986 c311W
Mr. Waldegrave

asked the Lord Privy Seal if, in view of the announcement in the Overseas Pensioner of November last, of the final meeting of the advisory council of the Overseas Services Resettlement Bureau, he will make a statement on the Government's intentions with regard to the future of the bureau.

Mr. Neil Marten

It is the Government's intention to wind up the bureau by the end of the current financial year as part of the policy to reduce public expenditure. The main purpose for which the bureau was created—to resettle members of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service whose careers were terminated prematurely because of constitutional change—has now largely been discharged. Officers for whom the bureau presently caters will be able to use the services of the Department of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission; they will also be informed of other facilities available to them.