§ 13. Mr. John Hall
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to Parkinson's law, particulars of which have been sent him; and if he will take steps to ensure that this law is fully understood by all Government Departments so that they may take the necessary action to counter its inflationary effect.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Yes. This new theory is clearly inconsistent with Newton's law that what goes up must come down-and if it will not, must be brought down. Thanks to the operation of this law the non-industrial Civil Service has come down by some 50,000 staff since October, 1951.