The Committee has launched a major inquiry on the Future of the civil service.
The Civil Service is one of the UK's most important institutions, which plays a central role in the UK's largely uncodified constitution. It has underpinned the stability and continuity of government throughout two world wars and a subsequent period of unprecedented change.The last sixty years have seen growing pressures on both Ministers and civil servants from 24 hour news coverage and threats of judicial review to legislative changes such as freedom of information, EU and international law, and the Human Rights Act. All of these have the potential to affect the relationship between Ministers and civil servants, and what they each expect and require from the other.
We are interested in whether the Government's Civil Service Reform Plan addresses the longer-term questions about the role and function of the permanent Civil Service.
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