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Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many administration trainees were recruited externally; and how many were recruited from serving officials in 1976 to 1979.

The following table shows the number of people taking up appointment as administration trainees in the Home Civil Service in each of the years 1976 to 1979.principals were recruited to the Civil Service in 1978 and 1979.

24 men and women took up appointment in the principal grade of the Home Civil Service through the competition run in 1978 by the Civil Service Commission for those aged 28 and over. No direct entry principal competition was held in 1979 because of the temporary ban on recruitment which was then in force.