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Civil Service

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 10th January 2002.

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Photo of Linda Gilroy Linda Gilroy Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what delegations and authorisations have been made in 2001 under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992; to whom they were made; and what were the main conditions attached to them.

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Since the last report to Parliament, 6 February 2001, Hansard, column 489W, new delegations/authorisations have been made to the Food Standards Agency and the Postal Services Commission from 1 April and 1 May 2001 respectively. These were subsequently subsumed within a later delegation/ authorisation which was necessary to reflect the machinery of government changes following the general election. Ministers, certain bodies and office holders in charge of Departments 1 were given delegated authority from 1 September 2001 under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992 by that delegation/ authorisation to:

(a) prescribe the qualifications (so far as they relate to age, knowledge, ability, professional attainment, aptitude, potential, health and coping with the demands of the job) for the appointment of home civil servants (with the exception of the Fast Stream Development Programme) in their respective Departments or bodies; and

(b) determine in respect of home civil servants in their respective Departments or bodies the number and grading of posts outside the senior civil service, and the terms and conditions of employment in so far as they relate to the following:

(i) classification of staff, with the exception of the senior civil service;

(ii) remuneration, with the exception of the senior civil service;

(iii) allowances;

(iv) expenses;

(v) holidays, hours of work and attendance;

(vi) part-time and other working arrangements;

(vii) performance and promotion

(viii) retirement age and redundancy;

(ix) re-deployment of staff within the home civil service.

In some cases, where the Minister for the civil service is statutorily required to give consent to terms and conditions of service for staff appointed by statutory bodies or office holders, it was effected by waiving that requirement, subject to the condition attached to delegation/authorisation.

The delegation/authorisation was subject to the condition that recipients comply with the provisions of the Civil Service Management Code as amended from time to time. Copies of the Civil Service Management Code are available in the Library of the House. All previous delegations and authorisations made under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992 (other than those relating to the Arbitration, Conciliation Advisory Service, the Health and Safety Executive, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Administration) were revoked with effect from 1 September 2001.

1 The statutory bodies and office holders are:

Commissioners of Inland Revenue

Chief Charity Commissioner

Commissioners of Customs and Excise

Crown Estate Commissioners

Director General of Fair Trading

Director of National Savings

Director of Passenger Rail Franchising

Director General of Telecommunications

Director General of Water Services

Director of Public Prosecutions

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Food Standards Agency

Gas and Electricity Marketing Authority

Government Actuary

Head of the Registry of Friendly Societies, being the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies and the First Commissioner of the Building Societies Commission

International Rail Regulator

Postal Services Commission

Public Works Loan Commissioners

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioners

Rail Regulator.

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