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Triennal Review of the Civil Service Commission

Volume 593: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Lord Wallace of Saltaire announced on 29 July 2014 that the Government had asked Sir Gerry Grimstone to lead a triennial review of the Civil Service Commission. I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review.

The commission plays an important role providing assurance that selection to appointments in the civil service is on merit and hearing and determining appeals made under the civil service code.

The review concludes that the functions performed by the commission are still required and that it should be retained as an Executive non-departmental public body. The review also looked at whether its remit should be extended or amended to support the civil service in facing its future challenges. The report makes 31 recommendations. The Government welcome the review and thank Sir Gerry for his work. The Government will consider its recommendations carefully.

In the course of his review, Sir Gerry consulted with a wide range of stakeholders and ensured there was independent challenge. I would like to thank all contributors and Sir Gerry for his work on this review, and his useful report.

The full report of the triennial review of the Civil Service Commission — “A Better Civil Service”— can be found on and copies have been placed in the Library of both Houses.

It can also available online at: http://www.parliament. uk/writtenstatements