HC Deb 16 December 1994 vol 251 cc825-6W
Dr. Goodson-Wickes

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the management of the home civil service.

The Prime Minister

The Government plan, in the light of the review of the Treasury's activities, that those central civil service management functions that remain after delegation to Departments should be transferred to the Minister with responsibility for the civil service with effect from 1 April 1995. The functions which it proposes to transfer include responsibility for senior civil service pay; policy on civil service recruitment, retirement and redundancy and the central management of the principal civil service pension scheme; and residual central responsibilities for civil service personnel management, industrial relations, conditions of service and allowances, and the collection of civil service manpower statistics. It is envisaged that the Treasury will undertake a last round of national pay negotiations in 1995 and carry through the remaining delegations to Departments up to 1 April 1996. The Treasury's pension benefit calculation work at Basingstoke will be taken over by the Paymaster agency.

These changes, and the delegation of most civil service management functions to Departments, will not affect the Treasury's role in relation to public expenditure, including that on public sector pay. The Government propose to lay before Parliament the necessary transfer of functions order under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.