Inter-Departmental Rules and Regulations

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the decrease of privileges and facilities which have been demanded from Members of Parliament and of the increase in rights and immunities of Departmental heads of the Civil Service, the Government will take steps to adjust these matters?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Perhaps my hon. Friend would be good enough to let me know exactly what he has in mind in putting his Question.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the large number of inter-Departmental rules and regulations which are introduced direct and which the general public believe are brought before, and agreed to by, Parliament, and will he look into this question of the inter-Departmental rules and regulations which are not approved by Parliament, of which very large numbers are offensive to all members of the general public?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

That seems to me to be a different Question. Perhaps my hon. Friend will put it down.

Mr. De la Bère:

My Question was aimed directly at inter-Departmental rules.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

My hon. Friend did not come very near the target.

Mr. De la Bère:

But the target is still there.