§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what proposals he has for the future of the Civil Service recruitment ban.
§ Mr. Channon
The general ban on Civil Service recruitment will not be renewed at the end of the initial three-month period on 22 August, but Government Departments will continue to restrict recruitment to the extent necessary to achieve as a minimum the reductions required by the revised cash limits announced on 26 June. In addition, as I announced in answer to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Mr. Mawby) on 11 June, the Government are conducting a radical review with the object of making further savings in the size and cost of the Civil Service over the next few years and this will affect future recruitment levels.