§ Q38. Sir David Price
asked the Prime Minister how many civil servants in the Treasury have any working experience of life in commerce or industry; and if she will arrange for more in-service secondments to commerce and industry for Treasury officials.
§ The Prime Minister
At 1 April 1984 some 431 of the Treasury's non-industrial staff of 2,637 had direct experience of commerce or manufacturing industry. Of those concerned with policy advice and formulation at principal level and above some 58 out of 350 staff have worked, or are currently working, in commerce or industry. I am satisfied with the Treasury's current programme of secondments.