§ 76. Sir W. Smithers
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will, as a first step, take the necessary action to make an immediate cut of 20 per cent. in the number of civil servants.
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has already issued directions for the speediest possible reduction in staffs engaged on war duties. I am afraid, however, that an arbitrary cut of the kind suggested by the hon. Member is not feasible.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that an arbitrary cut of this kind would reduce immediately that amount of interference with trade and industry, and thus initiate and encourage our vital exports?
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
My right hon, Friend the Chancellor wants to encourage exports, 32 but I am afraid that a reduction of 20 per cent. in the Civil Service would not help that desirable end.