Economists and Statisticians

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20 February 1945.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East 12:00, 20 February 1945

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what pro-press has now been made in establishing on a permanent basis the small central staff qualified to measure and analyse economic trends and submit appreciations of them to the Ministers concerned, as proposed in Command Paper 6527, the White Paper on employment.

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

As stated in the White Paper on Recruitment to the Civil Service in the Reconstruction Period (Command Paper 6567), the Government has decided to retain after the war a central body of economists and statisticians such as has been set up in the Cabinet Offices during the war. The question of the appropriate staffing arrangements is being actively pursued.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Can my right hon. Friend say if he has earmarked, at any rate, in his own mind, the particular individuals who will be suitable and available for this very important work?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

Yes, so far as is practicable, I have done so.

Photo of Mr Andrew MacLaren Mr Andrew MacLaren , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

Is it the case that the famous astrologer, Mr. Naylor, has been invited to join this staff?