Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1978.

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Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Southwark Bermondsey 12:00 am, 12th April 1978

I am sure that what the right hon. Gentleman has said about retaining the goodwill and the expertise of the staff is absolutely right. But there is a point of view which I hope to express, if I catch your eye, Mr. Jones. It is the view of some of us, certainly of myself, that the idea that there should be five Departments, full stop, is not right. I shall go on to develop this point when I make a great speech in a moment That is the one recommendation that I shall quarrel with or argue about later on, because I take the right hon. Gentleman's line that, whatever we do, we must retain the expertise, the quality and the integrity of the existing staff.