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Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 1 June 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants of permanent secretary, deputy secretary and under-secretary grades or their equivalent have left the Civil Service within the last five years to take up posts with business firms; and what steps he proposes to take to arrest this trend.

Since the beginning of 1950, two permanent secretaries. one deputy secretary and two undersecretaries have left the Civil Service before the age of 60 to take up posts with business firms. The deputy secretary has since returned to the Service.As regards members of equivalent grades in classes other than the Administrative, the answer is one scientist, certainly; two other resignations from the Scientific Officer class may have been for this purpose.I do not think there is any trend to arrest.