Honours System and Ministerial Patronage

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th March 1970.

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Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam 12:00 am, 24th March 1970

Would the Prime Minister not agree that the number of direct Ministerial appointments, both paid and unpaid, outside the Civil Service has now risen to a figure of over 50,000? Does he think that is right?