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Staff (Political Activities)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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asked the Postmaster-General at what level in his Department the ban on spare-time political activity is applied.

Restrictions on political activities apply to staff above first-line supervisors in the minor, manipulative, engineering and allied grades. They apply without exception to other grades, the bulk of which are common to all Government Departments.

What is the reason for this distinction, apart from the obvious one of restricting activities to the proletarian level?

It has been held for a very long time in this House that high-grade civil servants ought not to interfere in political life.