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Civil Service Commissioners
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Office of the Civil Service Commissioners
The Civil Service Commissioners are concerned with the maintenance of an effective Civil Service free from political bias. They do this by maintaining the principle that selection to appointments in the Civil Service must be on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. They have had this responsibility since 1855. At the end of 1995 they were given a new further role to hear and determine appeals in cases of concerns about propriety and conscience raised by civil servants under the Civil Service Code which cannot be resolved through internal procedures and to report on such appeals made to them.

Commissioners are appointed directly by the Crown under the Royal Prerogative. They are not appointed as civil servants and are independent of Ministers. They report annually on their work to the Queen and their report is published.
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