Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service (Responsibility)

– in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, with a view to reducing the rigidity of mind and the habit of reference from one official in the Civil Service to another, he will decentralise responsibility, placing more responsibility on officials to act on their own initiative, making them more self-reliant and so speed up official methods?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I cannot accept the generalisation in the first part of my hon. Friend's Question, but as regards his actual suggestion the responsibility for the organisation of Departments rests, of course, with the appropriate Ministers, and I am sure that they may be relied upon to take all the steps necessary for the speedy despatch of business.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

Are we to take it from that reply that the Government are opposed to rationing red tape?