Ladder to the top
"If you are going to attract the best you have to address issues of promotion and pay," said Dave Penman fro the First Division Association, which represents top civil servants.
"In the past there were concerns about diversity. The scheme was too Oxbridge-dominated, but it has achieved its aims. Most senior civil servants in post came through the Fast Stream route." And that includes the most senior public official in the country - Sir Richard Wilson, head of the Home Civil Service.