HC Deb 25 October 1956 vol 558 cc67-8W
61. Captain Kerby

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has received from the Inland Revenue Staff Federation asking him to get rid of the trestle tables, folding chairs and hard seat chairs, at present in use in the Inland Revenue Department, by the end of this year ; what would be the cost to public funds in replacing these serviceable articles of furniture ; and if he will resist these proposed luxuries in the interests of national economy.

Mr. H. Brooke

My right hon. Friend has received no such proposals, though the subject of trestle tables and folding chairs has been discussed in a committee of the National Whitley Council of the Civil Service. At a cost of £2,600 those still in use by clerical staff in Revenue offices are being replaced. They are of a type which no up-to-date business interested in efficiency would continue to tolerate.