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Royal Commission On Equal Pay (Letter)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the letter from Sir Alan Barlow to the Royal Commission on Equal Pay on24th May, listing the duties of civil servants; and whether he approved the wording of Sir Alan Barlow's definition of the dutes of the higher civil servant.

The letter was written before the present Government took office, and the answer to the second part of the Question is, therefore, in the negative. But I would add that the letter is not altogether happily worded, and that if it had been submitted to me I should have amended it.

I should like to ask the Minister, in view of the fact that Sir Alan says that it is the duty of the higher official to guide the inexperienced or reluctant Minister, whether he will now change that position, and see that the Ministers rapidly are in a position to guide the civil servants?