§ Mr. Spellar
[pursuant to his reply, 30 July 1998, c. 451–52]: I regret that the response I provided to the hon. Member's question on employees over 60 contained an inadvertent error.
My answer stated that civil servants have no formal contract of employment. Whilst this is correct for the vast majority of civil servants, following the formation of the Senior Civil Service on 1 April 1996, staff at that level have been provided with formal contracts of employment.