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The conditions for the 13th Biennial Competition for the Drury Medal, founded by the late Mr. F. E. Drury (Past President) are now available.
In January 1967 the Monopolies Commission was asked to report ‘on the general effect on the public interest of certain restrictive practices so far as they prevail in relation to the supply of professional services’. In its reference to the Commission the Government specified seven practices, including restriction on entry to a profession by the passing of prescribed examinations; the remaining practices were those which, by long-standing convention, specify fees, the terms and conditions upon which services are to be supplied, restriction upon advertising and other matters.
This lecture was written before the Prime Minister, Mr. Heath, announced his proposals for the re-organization of central government (White Paper dated 15 October, 1970). These proposals have two main objectives: to group related functions in unified departments, and to improve the machinery of decision-faking at the centre. They include inter alia the creation of a single department to deal with trade and industry, and another to cover all the responsibilities of central government for the physical environment. They also include the enlargement of the Cabinet Ofice by the addition of a central policy review staff to advise Ministers collectively on policies and priorities from the point of view of the Government's overall strategy.
Baroness Sharp of Hornsey