FDA endorses MPs’ call to cut junior minister numbers by a third

16 March 2010
For immediate release

The FDA today welcomed the Public Administration Select Committee's (PASC's) report which recommends cutting the number of junior ministers by a third and halving the number of parliamentary private secretaries. The FDA is the union representing senior managers and professionals in the Civil Service.

FDA general secretary Jonathan Baume said:

"We welcome this report. The FDA has for some time advocated cutting the number of junior ministers, which has grown rapidly in the past decade to a level that is wholly unsustainable. Not only are there ministerial salaries and support costs, but this over-abundance is one of the biggest single frustrations about the political process for civil servants.

"As PASC's report makes clear, this proliferation has lead to a clogging up of the decision-making process as lines of responsibility become unclear.

"In this period of fiscal austerity, it is also clearly inappropriate for civil service resources to be diverted into boosting - through announcements and initiatives - the public profiles of large numbers of junior ministers."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:
Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.
Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.