Land Commission (Staff)

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1967.

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Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe 12:00 am, 23rd January 1967

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether he is satisfied that 2,000 civil servants of the requisite ability will be available for the staff of the Land Commission by 6th April; and how many will have professional qualifications.

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

Recruitment of staff for the Land Commission is proceeding satisfactorily. About 1,800 will be in post by 6th April and this number will be sufficient for the work to be done at that time. Professional work will be undertaken on behalf of the Commission by the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue.

Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe

Why has the Minister to rely on the valuation officers of the Treasury? Having brought in this abortion, would it not be better to deal with it in his own Department? Is not this an admission that he cannot get the staff?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

No, I do not think that it would be better to deal with it in the Department. The whole purpose of this part of the operation has been to use the office which is already experienced in and equipped to do this work. I am sure that on reflection the hon. Member would be the first to criticise us if we duplicated it.

Photo of Mr Graham Page Mr Graham Page , Crosby

What are these 1,800 men? Are they qualified men, office boys, typists or what are they if the valuers are not included?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

If the hon. Member cares to put down a Question, I will be glad to answer it.