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So there was nothing more to be done. A couple of days later we asked the children's home if the vacancy had, in fact, been filled. The answer was no; the candidate had not started work. So at this point we reported to my regional office that the vacancy was still open and asked whether permission could be given for her to take the job. KING: Who dealt with this in your office? Was it yourself or somebody working under you? COOK: I was told about it in the first place, and I then asked the officer who is in charge of my women's section to deal with it.

The area of recommendation was in my office, the Regional Office, but the area of decision was in London. In other words, I made the recommendation from here in Birmingham. The decision was taken in London. KING: You know the position here on the ground. Would you take it for granted that most of your recommendations, in this sort of case, would be accepted once they got to London? WINTER: Generally, yes, I think my headquarters realise that we've a great deal of practical people in the regions, who know what they're talking about, and their recommendations are looked at and listened to very seriously.

I asked Sir Alan. MARRE: The Act itself under which I operate contains no definition of maladministration. And Mr Crossman, who was then Leader of the House, and was piloting the Bill through the House, explained maladministration as best he could by what came to be known as 'the Crossman catalogue'. KING: And what's in the catalogue? Westminster and Beyond MARRE: In the catalogue he listed as examples 'bias, neglect, inattention, delay, incompetence, ineptitude, perversity, turpitude, arbitrariness' , and so on.

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