§ Mr. Raphael Tuck
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the average age of promotion to Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively, of direct entry graduate members of the Administration Group at the latest convenient date; and how this compares with five years ago.
§ Mr. David Howell
The information is most readily available in the following form. It covers all those who started as Assistant Principals. This was the main218W source of graduate recruitment to the Administrative Class, which was merged with other classes to form the Administration Group on 1st January, 1971:
Average age (years) Promotions In 1966 In 1970 From Principal to Assistant Secretary 39.9 38.5 From Assistant Secretary to Under Secretary 46.9 47.2