Civil service impartiality and referendums

08 May 2014

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will hold the fourth evidence session of Civil Service impartiality and referendums inquiry on Tuesday 13 May at 9.45am.


At 9.45 am, Tuesday 13 May, in Committee Room 6

  • Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE, Director, Institute for Government, and Akash Paun, Fellow, Institute for Government.

The inquiry aims to consider the dual obligations of civil servants in the Scottish government to their ministers and to the UK Civil Service as a whole and to explore what "impartiality and objectivity" mean in practice for civil servants working on the referendum on independence. It will also scrutinise the leadership of the Civil Service in relation to the referendum on independence.

Particular issues to be explored in the evidence sessions may include:

  • historical and comparative perspectives on the implications of devolution for civil servants in the UK;
  • examples of challenges in upholding the principle of civil service impartiality; and
  • tensions in the policy advice role of officials in the context of the referendum on Scottish independence.

The @CommonsPASC Twitter account will live tweet the session, using the hashtag #CSScotland.

Further information

  • About Parliament: Select Committees
  • Visiting Parliament: watch Committees

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