FDA welcomes Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill

20 July 2009

For immediate release

FDA welcomes Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill

Today's publication of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill has been welcomed by the FDA. The FDA is the union for senior managers and professionals in the Civil Service.

FDA General Secretary Jonathan Baume said: "We welcome today's publication of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill, and in particular the provisions about the Civil Service which we hope will receive cross-party support.

"For many years the FDA has been part of an alliance - together with the Public Administration Select Committee, the Civil Service Commission and others - that has argued for a Civil Service Act. We will now be looking at the detail of this bill, which seeks to put the Civil Service, its core values and the Civil Service Commission onto a statutory footing."

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, General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.

Oliver Rowe, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.