§ Mr. Timothy Smith
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he proposes to make any changes in the structure establishment or staffing of the Government accountancy service.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
A major restructuring of the Government accountancy service took place in July last year. The number of accountants will be doubled in the next 10 years and they will be involved increasingly in the management of Government business, particularly in strengthening financial management. A new post of Accountancy Adviser to the Treasury is to be created, the holder of which will be the head of the Government accountancy service in succession to Mr. K. J. Sharp, whose contract expires in October this year, and as such will continue to have the same responsibilities as Mr. Sharp has had, in addition to his responsibilities in the Treasury.