Department for Exiting the European Union: Former Members

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 30th January 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many former Conservative Members of Parliament who were defeated at the 2017 general election and who now work in his Department were appointed after a publicly advertised and open recruitment process.

Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Department does not routinely hold information on career histories of Civil Servants centrally as this would be held by individual recruiting managers or the Government Recruitment Service who run recruitment competitions. Selection for appointment to the Civil Service, as a permanent Civil Servant, is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles available at

Information on the recruitment of special advisers is set out in the special advisers’ code available at Special Advisers are bound by the standards of integrity and honesty as set out in the Civil Service Code but are exempt from the general requirement that Civil Servants should be appointed through an open competition.

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