HC Deb 17 December 1963 vol 686 c191W
Q6. Mr. MacDermot

asked the Prime Minister whether he will instruct all Government Departments to review their policy concerning the employment of ex-prisoners, so as to permit their employment whenever security considerations allow.

The Prime Minister

The selection of permanent civil servants is the responsibility of the Civil Service Commission who are independent of any outside control. Under the Civil Service Order in Council, they must satisfy themselves that the character of every candidate is such as to qualify him for the situation which he seeks, but I am informed that they do not consider a prison sentence in itself a bar. Temporary employment is the responsibility of individual departments who are authorised to employ those who have been convicted even of serious offences provided it seems reasonable to do so.