§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Prime Minister what action she is taking to widen the basis of Civil Service promotion in Government Departments to give greater opportunities to those with a training in science.
§ The Prime Minister
We aim to promote those who are best able to perform duties at a higher level, taking account of their initial training as well as all the other relevant factors.
The "Review of the Scientific Civil Service" emphasised the importance of improving the preparation of scientists for senior posts. We accept this recommendation and Departments will be taking action accordingly.