§ 9. Mr. Sheldon
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what examination he has conducted into the length of time administrative civil servants stay in one job.
§ Mrs. Hart
As my hon. Friend will recall, evidence was submitted to the Fulton Committee about patterns of administrative class careers. The problem is to provide a balance of specialised knowledge with a reasonable breadth of experience. A survey of administrative work is being undertaken as a basis for decisions on the Fulton Committee's recommendations on administrative specialisation. The results should be available by the end of the year.
§ Mr. Sheldon
I am sure that the research carried out by my right hon. Friend will be very warmly welcomed, because one of the features of the administrative Civil Service has been the frequency with which these people have moved around and consequently been unable to acquire the specialised knowledge that is a necessary part, if only a part, of the work that they undertake.