Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Commons question regarding efficiency levels in the Civil Service, made on 7th November 1979.
Mr. Major asked the Minister for the Civil Service what measures the Government are taking to improve general efficiency in the Civil Service.
Mr. Channon All Ministers are committed to the search for greater efficiency and have in hand the first of a series of selective examinations of their functions, in collaboration with Sir Derek Rayner. Departments have already been required to make a cut of 3 per cent. in their staff costs this year and Ministers are currently examining options for further savings in later years.