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Civil Service (Clerical Association Questionnaire)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the United Nations Association is sending a political questionnaire to many thousands of civil servants through the good offices of the Civil Service Clerical Association; whether the regulations governing the political activities of civil servants permit them to answer such questionnaires; and whether he will make a statement.

I am aware that the Civil Service Clerical Association is distributing to its members a questionnaire from the United Nations Association. The regulations governing the political activities of civil servants do not specifically forbid them to answer such questionnaires. I understand that the Civil Service Clerical Association has made it clear that no member of the Association is obliged to reply to the questions.