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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 13th June 1988

I am not aware of any major shortfalls in the direct entry process. An encouraging feature of the last direct entry round was that 50 per cent. of those who succeeded in the competition were people who wished to join the Civil Service after years of experience in the private sector. That is a healthy trend.