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Thursday, 8 December 1938


Mr Drakeford d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government given consideration to the matter of making permanent all returned soldiers who have been employed in the Public Service for a period of ten years or more?

2.   Has any decision been arrived at; if so, what is the decision?

3.   If the matter has not been considered, in view of the retirements which have taken place recently and are to take place in the near future, will the 'Government give early consideration to having made permanent those who are qualified?


Mr Lyons - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The question of the permanent appointment to the Public Service of returned soldiers with extended temporary service has been con sidered from time to time. The present position is that for non-clerical work a preference for permanent appointment is given to returned soldiers under 51 years of age. who have been engaged continuously for not less than two years and in respect of whom' it is certified that their duties have been satisfactorily performed, provided that appointment must be to positions with duties similar to those which the returned soldier has performed. Action is continually proceeding for the appointment of returned soldiers with the required qualification as permanent staff is needed. A largo number of appointments has been made under this provision (some hundreds since section 84(9) (c) of the Public Service Act was amended in 1936 and action is in train for further appointments. For appointment to clerical positions an examination is considered necessary, but examinations of a modified character are available to returned soldier candidates. No variation of the existing conditions is at present contemplated. 2 and 3. See answer to 1.







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