HC Deb 14 May 1970 vol 801 c351W
Q15. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether the statement put out by officials that Her Majesty's Government are responsible for failing to bring about a reduction in the number of civil servants, about which he has been sent correspondence by the hon. Member for West Ham, North, was made with his authority.

The Prime Minister:

I understand that my hon. Friend is referring to a speech made by the Head of the Civil Service on 4th May. The text of the speech does not bear the interpretation he places on it.