Civil Servants: Reduction of Numbers - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:27 am on 24th March 2022.

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Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Liberal Democrat 11:27 am, 24th March 2022

My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the great gifts of 19th century Liberalism to the present day was a Civil Service selected on merit and politically neutral? Is that still the central pillar of the Government’s approach to the Civil Service recruitment, and would such recruitment benefit from a real attempt at greater diversity, backed up by a strengthened Freedom of Information Act which would increase public confidence in governance?