asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the number of civil servants in his Department who are members of the administration group of the First Division; how many of them are engineering or science graduates or accountants; and how many of them have had any experience as an industrial executive.
Excluding those in the common service divisions, which also serve the Department of Trade, there are 281 officers in the administration group at principal level and above in my Department. Of these, 45 are engineering or science graduates, and 10 have accountancy qualifications. 38 have had experience in industry at executive level. There are, of course, also engineering and science graduates and qualified accountants employed in a professional capacity.