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Private Sector Industry

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what opportunities are provided to improve the understanding of senior officials in his Department of the practical workings of the private sector of industry.

Secondments to private sector firms for two or three years are a matter of Treasury policy. Five officials at principal level or above are at present on such secondments. In addition, a few officials are having or have had non-executive appointments to company boards.