HC Deb 05 December 1950 vol 482 cc175-6
10. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Labour why his Appointments Board authorised the circulation of documents alleging that little information is available about the organisation of the Steel Corporation, and that it is to be run on Civil Service lines; and why the Ministry of Supply or the Steel Corporation were not asked for further information before the circular was issued.

Mr. Isaacs

These are not entirely accurate excerpts, taken out of their context, from an administrative minute sent to appointments officers some two months ago for their guidance in filling vacancies. The reference was to the organisation of the staff of the Corporation and not to the organisation of the Corporation itself.

Mr. Shepherd

Is it not quite clear from the statements made in the circular that this industry is to be hamstrung by a bureaucracy? Is it not almost a crime that at this time in our affairs the Corporation should be so unprepared as it appears to be?

Mr. Isaacs

No, I do not think that the advertisement or the circular which we sent to our officers for guidance can bear that construction.