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Obligations To The Crown

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Civil Service pursuant to his answer of 6 February, if he will make a statement on the meeting between the Civil Service unions and the head of the home Civil Service to discuss wider obligations to the Crown in Parliament.

The head of the home Civil Service met the Civil Service unions on 7 February to discuss a range of matters, including the proposed revision of the paragraphs of the Civil Service pay and conditions of service code which deal with the use of official information. He has undertaken to write to the unions confirming assurances given to them at the meeting that there is no inconsistency between proposed code revision and the note by his predecessor on the duties and responsibilities of civil servants in relation to Ministers, which was published in the Official Report on 2 December 1987, and in particular that the proposed revision does not impose duties and obligations on civil servants which conflict with any statutory or other responsibilities they may have.