||<p>The Department does not routinely hold information on career histories of Civil
Servants centrally as this would be held by individual recruiting managers or the
Government Recruitment Service who run recruitment competitions. Selection for appointment
to the Civil Service, as a permanent Civil Servant, is on merit, on the basis of fair
and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles
available at <a href="http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/RPApril2015.pdf"
</strong></p><p>Information on the recruitment of special advisers is set out in the
special advisers’ code available at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/579768/code-of-conduct-special-advisers-dec-2016.pdf"
Special Advisers are bound by the standards of integrity and honesty as set out in
the Civil Service Code but are exempt from the general requirement that Civil Servants
should be appointed through an open competition.</p>