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Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service. – in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he proposes to take to reorganise the Civil Service so as to make it a more efficient instrument for the discharge of public business?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

The question of the efficiency of the Civil Service for the tasks which it is called upon to perform is kept constantly under review. Changes in organisation and procedure will continue to be made wherever they can properly and advantageously be introduced.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Is the Chancellor aware that there are many thousands of civil servants whose services are not being fully utilised at the present time, that both they and their organisations are deeply ashamed of that situation, and that they have made strong representations to the Government about this matter; and does he propose to leave the existing situation where it now stands?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

No, Sir. We keep the matters to which my hon. Friend refers constantly under review. My hon. Friend's statement in reply to Lord Perry, I think, generally took the line that the Civil Service as a whole was extremely efficient.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

When will the Chancellor of the Exchequer cease to keep this matter under review and do something about it?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

We are always doing something.