Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th May 1987.

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Photo of Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo Mr Martin Brandon-Bravo , Nottingham South 12:00 am, 11th May 1987

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. However, is he aware that concern has been expressed about bias in Civil Service recruitment procedures? Can my right lion. Friend assure the House that there is no bias—for example, that the Oxbridge syndrome does not come into play? Can he give us an absolute assurance that that does not apply to what I believe is known as the fast track?