Civil Employment under the Crown

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they intend to take to remove general restrictions as to nationality which apply to civil employment under the crown.

Photo of Lord Macdonald of Tradeston Lord Macdonald of Tradeston Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office

The Government are keen to open up civil employment under the crown regardless of nationality, while reserving the right, enjoyed by all EC member states, to reserve posts for their own nationals where strictly necessary. Although it has not been possible to secure a slot in the legislative programme to address civil employment under the crown generally, the Police Bill contains a provision which will enable a person of any nationality who is living in the UK free of conditions and who meets the required standards to be appointed to the office of constable.

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