The Civil Service

Terence Daintith and Alan Page

in The Executive in the Constitution

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268703
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683558 | DOI:
The Civil Service

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This chapter discusses staffing, the men and women who make up the personnel or human resources of departments and agencies of the executive branch. It concentrates on the internal regulation of the civil service, with particular reference to the values of permanence, loyalty, honesty and integrity, impartiality, and selection (and promotion) on merit. It begins by recalling the legal basis of the regulation of the service. Then, it looks at who is involved in the contemporary regulation of the civil service, and in particular at the division of responsibility between the centre in the shape of the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners, on the one hand, and departments and agencies, on the other. Next, it examines the central requirements that apply in respect of the recruitment of staff, before looking at the requirements that apply in respect of the conduct of civil servants (and of ministers in their dealings with civil servants).

Keywords: civil service; personnel; promotion; selection; Cabinet Office; Office of the Civil Service Commissioners; recruitment

Chapter.  19649 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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