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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 Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth , Cannock and Burntwood 12:00 am, 11th May 1987

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what action he proposes to take following the report of the Royal Institute of Public Administration on top jobs, a copy of which has been sent to him.

Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham

I welcome the RIPA report as a useful contribution to the continuing debate about the work of central Government. It mirrors in a number of respects the conclusions reached by the Select Committee on the Treasury and Civil Service a year ago, to which the Government's response was presented to Parliament last July.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth , Cannock and Burntwood

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is of great benefit to civil servants that they should enjoy the process of interchange on secondment with outside bodies, particularly with industry? Will he confirm that that remains, and will remain after the next general election, the Government's policy? What is the rate of inward secondment to the Civil Service?

Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham

My hon. Friend is right to attach importance to inward and outward secondments to the Civil Service. That is very much at the heart of the Government's policy on the Civil Service. I am pleased to be able of announce that in 1986 outward secondment has gone up from 229 to 280 people and inward secondment has gone up from 157 to 189 people. That shows that we are building on our policy of secondment.