HC Deb 09 July 1962 vol 662 c961
27. Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Minister of Aviation what are the technical qualifications of the Permanent Secretary of his Department; and what is his previous experience in the field of aviation.

Mr. Woodhouse

The qualifications required of a Permanent Secretary of a Government Department are that he should have those qualities of mind and character and that breadth of managerial and administrative experience which fit a man for the highest posts.

Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he now do me the courtesy of answering the Question on the Order Paper?

Mr. Woodhouse

The qualifications required of the head of a Civil Service Department are not technical in the sense of being related to aviation or whatever may be the particular function of the Department. They are administrative. The Department has a large number of very competent technical staff who work under a Permanent Secretary and technical problems are in their hands.