§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his policy towards suggestion schemes in the departments and services under his control; how many suggestions the heads of his Department receive from their staff each year; how many are acted upon; and what financial or other incentives are offered to encourage suggestions for greater efficiency and economy.
§ Mr. MacDermot
It is general policy to encourage departments to have regular machinery for considering suggestions for greater efficiency and economy made by members of their staff. Any worthwhile suggestions having general application are circulated outside the department of origin. Departments have discretion to make awards in the form of cash, saving stamps or gift tokens. In the departments under my control, 1,499 suggestions were submitted during 1964, of which 253 have been adopted and 392 are still under consideration for adoption.