The Civil Service

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Size

  • Approximately 500,000
  • 3-4000 seniors
  • Permanent Secretary is the most senior of all in any government department
  • Role has been reduced since 1979

Role

  • Neutral in theory
  • Ridley said this wasnt the case
  • Seniors advise government ministers
  • Impartial, neutral, anonymous
  • Confidential

Historical

  • Called mandarins after the first civil service in

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