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Civil Service Bill — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office) 2:45 pm, 27th January 2009

My Lords, I am never in favour of buck-passing; I always think that the buck stops here. The existing Civil Service Code, which forms part of civil servants' terms and conditions of employment, already states that civil servants must,

"make sure public money and other resources are used properly and efficiently ... use resources only for the authorised public purposes for which they are provided", and that they must not,

"use official resources for party political purposes".

That is absolutely correct; it is in the code; and I believe that it is sufficient.