§ 14. Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs whether he will take steps to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of his Department at the present time.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
Since in the words of a distinguished former member of the Minister's Department the D.E.A. has been "defeated, demoralised and decapitated", has not the time come to wind up this expensive charade and merge it back into the Treasury, from which it should never have been separated?
§ Mr. Stewart
No, Sir. I think it was an article in Crossbow—[HON. MEMBERS: "The Spectator."] Oh, but the Spectator article said that the prospects of the D.E.A. were now brighter than at any time since 1964.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Could my right hon. Friend do something to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the two opposite points of view of the Tory Opposition?