Will my right hon. Friend accept that if we had more and better statistics it would make for better national planning? Is it not also a fact that if more vacancies were known, there would be more chance for workers who are out of jobs knowing what jobs were to be had?
I agree with the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question. We certainly need a lot more statistics—but if we had more statistics we would have to take on a lot more staff, and then there would be the general cry about increasing the Civil Service. The advantages are not as clear as all that in this matter. I am still considering it. The Notification of Vacancies Order, 1952 lasted for four or five years only, because it was felt that it was not achieving the purpose for which it was introduced. I can assure my hon. Friend, however, that the book is not closed.
Will my right hon. Friend kindly consider the suggestion that Government Departments, at least, should notify any vacancies—especially the Ministry of Public Building and Works and the Ministry of Defence—in respect of the Army?