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Treasury Staff (Qualifications)

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what number and proportion of those administrative class civil servants recruited direct to the Treasury from university in 1974 had degrees in economics; and how this proportion compares with entrants to the administrative class of the Civil Service as a whole.

The administrative class of the Civil Service merged with the executive and clerical classes in 1971 to form the Administration Group, and the honours graduate entry to this group is now through the administration trainee grade. In 1974 six administration trainees joined the Treasury and they all had a degree in economics; of the 204 administration trainees who entered the Civil Service last year, 27—that is, 13 per cent.—had a degree in economics.