Former Heads of Civil Service give evidence on Union

14 January 2016

The Constitution Committee hears evidence from former Heads of the Civil Service on the Union and devolution inquiry.


Wednesday 20 January, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Lord O'Donnell, former Head of the Civil Service
  • Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service

Possible Questions

Questions the Committee may put to the witnesses include:

  • Is the unified Home Civil Service a ‘constitutional fiction’? To what extent did you, as Head of the Civil Service, have oversight of the work of civil servants supporting the Welsh and Scottish Governments?
  • What are the advantages of having a formally unified Civil Service?Would having a formally separate civil service in Wales and Scotland improve or hinder effective inter-governmental relations?
  • Do civil servants working for devolved administrations have a responsibility to the UK Government as a whole? How should civil servants act if they perceive the aims of the two administrations are contradictory?

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