Civil Service Bill targets advisers

Lobbyists who communicate to government advisers and officials face a fresh learning curve this week as a select committee published its draft Civil Service Bill.

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has drawn up a bill designed to make the boundaries between special advisers and civil servants clearer, as well as to enshrine the neutrality of the civil service.

Under the PASC proposals, Whitehall watchdog the Civil Service Commission would be given powers to enforce new codes of conduct. These make it clear that no adviser, except for two senior Downing Street aides, would be ‘able to exercise any management functions’.

It is believed this is the first time a select committee has published its own bill.

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