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Political History

The Civil Service Reforms of the 1980s

Edited by Michael Kandiah and Rodney Lowe

Published by ICBH, 2007

These witness seminars were organised by the Centre for Contemporary British History, the Cabinet Office Histories, Openness and Records Unit and Churchill College Cambridge. This publication forms part of the official history of the Civil Service being written by Professor Rodney Lowe.

The three seminars covered:

the 1981 Civil Service Strike;
the demise of the Civil Service Department and the Resignation of Sir Ian Bancroft as Head of the Civil Service November 1981;
the Genesis and Initial Implementation of Next Steps.

The full transcript of the seminar is now available, with background paper, chronology and annotations, and a final comment from Sir Peter Kemp.

Click here to download the seminar as a pdf: The Civil Service Reforms of the 1980s (opens in a new window)

Witnesses included (with relevant role at the time):

LORD ARMSTRONG  Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, to 31 Dec 1987

SIR JOHN HERBECQ  Second Permanent Secretary, CSD

SIR JOHN HOSKYNS  Head, No 10 Policy Unit

DR CAMPBELL CHRISTIE  Deputy General Secretary, Society of Civil and Public Servants

LORD CHRISTOPHER  General Secretary, Inland Revenue Staff Federation

MIKE FOGDEN  Chairman, First Division Association

SIR ALASTAIR GRAHAM  Deputy General Secretary, Civil and Public Service Association

SIR ROBIN IBBS   Prime Minister’s Adviser on Efficiency and Effectiveness

KATE JENKINS   Head of the Efficiency Unit and joint author of Next Steps

SIR PETER KEMP  Second Permanent Secretary and Next Steps Project Manager, OMCS

CLIVE PRIESTLEY  Chief of Staff to Derek Rayner, Efficiency Unit, PMO

  Chief of Staff to Derek Rayner, Efficiency Unit, PMO

LORD RADICE  Labour Party member of the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee

SIR ADAM RIDLEY  Special Adviser, Treasury

SANDY RUSSEL     Under Secretary, CSD

LORD WALDEGRAVE  Minister for Housing, later Head of the Office of Public Service and Science, 1992-4

SIR CLIVE WHITMORE  Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister

LORD WILSON   Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Office, later Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, 1998-2002

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