§ Mr. Sharp
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many Government Departments now make effective use of staff suggestion schemes; what is the approximate total staff of these Departments; what is the approximate number of suggestions made during the last year for which this information is available; how many were adopted; and whether suggestions which aim at eliminating unnecessary work and increasing efficiency receive special encouragement.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
Thirty-three major Departments, employing 660,000 nonindustrial staff, have effective staff suggestion schemes in operation. Detailed information of the working of the schemes is not available centrally but the number of suggestons received is known to be substantial and the number adopted encouraging. The main purpose of the schemes is to increase efficiency and every encouragement is given, including, in some cases, monetary awards.