HC Deb 10 February 1969 vol 777 cc863-4
12. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what further steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Fulton Report; and whether he will make a statement.

Mrs. Hart

The House was given a comprehensive review of progress in the consideration and implementation of the Fulton Report during the debate on 21st November last. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on that occasion, the Civil Service Department will regularly publish reports as further progress is made. These will of course be made available to hon. Members.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

With regard to the abolition of the class system in the Civil Service, which was referred to in that debate, has the Minister made any plan for implementing the suggestion by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition that a list should be compiled of the high fliers and those of exceptional ability in order to ensure that full use will be made of the talent within the service?

Mrs. Hart

The hon. Member will remember that part of our discussion during that debate—the point was made by hon. Members on this side of the House, too—concerned the question of high fliers and the importance of recognising them whenever they appear on the scene. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that that point is very much in mind in the work that is going on.