HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c248W
Mr. John Garrett

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what percentages of graduate scientists, graduate engineers, graduate research officers, professionally qualified accountants and arts graduates in the Civil Service are at under-secretary level or its equivalent in salary.

Mr. Hayhoe

No fully reliable records are kept centrally on this subject. However, it is estimated that about 0.5 per cent. of graduates in science and applied science and in technology and engineering and of professionally-qualified accountants—taking the three groups separately—employed in the Civil Service are under-secretaries; the corresponding figure for arts graduates is perhaps two or three times higher. I am not aware of any under-secretaries who were formerly members of the research officer category.