HC Deb 07 November 1979 vol 973 cc403-4
74. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what proposals he has to enable civil servants, other than those who are in the position of giving direct policy advice to Ministers, to take part in party politics.

Mr. Channon

The existing rules for civil servants already allow this to a certain extent. Changes recommended by the Armitage committee which reported under the last Administration are now under discussion with the staff side.

Mr. Dalyell

Is it not deeply wrong that hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens should be debarred from political activity when they are far from giving policy advice to Ministers?

Mr. Channon

I note the views of the hon. Member. This matter is being dis- cussed with the staff side and I will bear his views in mind when we come to consider its recommendations.