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Olympic Games (Civil Service Leave)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what reply he has sent to Mr. William Kendall, secretary general of the staff side of the Civil Service National Whitley Council, to its representations on the subject of leave being given to civil servants to participate in the Olympic Games.

Mr. Kendall's letter asked me to receive a staff side deputation to hear representations on this matter. A meeting has been arranged for next week.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what conditions of service exist under which civil servants may be given leave to go to the Olympic Games; and what prior consultation he had with Civil Service unions on this particular point.

Government Departments may at their discretion grant special leave with pay for civil servants to participate in various sporting events, including the Olympic Games. In the case of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, for the Government as employer to grant special leave with pay would be inconsistent with our general advice to athletes not to participate in the Games.

RATIOS PER 10,000 TOTAL STAFF IN NON-INDUSTRIAL HOME CIVIL SERVICE(AT 1ST APRIL)
Grade19651966196719681969
Permanent secretary0·91·00·80·70·8
Deputy secretary2·82·92·93·02·9
Under-secretary9·810·410·510·310·7
Assistant secretary21·521·321·4
Principal!60·962·064·9
Grade19701971197219731974
Permanent secretary0·70·70·80·80·9
Deputy secretary2·82·82·83·13·1
Under-secretary10·310·911·511·912·1
Assistant secretary21·622·322·522·923·7
Principal65·269·675·378·982·7
Grade19751976197719781979
Permanent secretary0·80·80·80·70·7
Deputy secretary3·23·02·92·92·9
Under-xecretary12·711·911·611·411·4
Assistant secretary24·222·822·421·622·4
Principal85·681·881·281·283·7

Notes:

1. For the purposes of this table, the figures for deputy secretary include those paid at rates between permanent secretary and deputy secretary, and the figures for under-secretary include those paid at rates between deputy secretary and under-secretary.

2. Figures for under-secretary and above comprise agreed posts since consistent data on staff in post is not available for the full period. All other figures relate to staff in post.

3. Figures for staff in post in assistant secretary and principal grades in 1965 and 1966 consistent with those for later years are not available centrally.

4. For the earlier years the staff in post figures relate to the former Administration, Executive and departmental grades which were subsequently combined to form the Administration group grades given above.