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Honour mentioned in the YM episode The Greasy Pole.

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Rank in the civil service. Undersecretaries have a rank that is just below Deputy Secretaries. Of the 578 Undersecretaries in the Civil Service only 27 are women, as is mentioned in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. See Civil Service

Upper House

Other term for the House of Lords mentioned in the YPM episode The Grand Design.

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Temporary Secretary

Rank in the Civil Service that is below the Undersecretary rank. 


Synonym for (a member of) the Conservative Party. Mentioned in the YPM episode The National Education Service

Town hall

General term for all the local government civil servants and alderman, and the decisions and plans that are made there. The term has come into use because central government is known as Whitehall. 

Transport Supremo

Title that Jim Hacker carries in the YM episode The Bed of Nails because he accepted the job of formulating and implementing an Integrated National Transport Policy. He soon finds out however why the Civil Service vernacular is Transport Muggins. 

Treasury Policy

Defined by Sir Humphrey in the YPM episode A Real Partnership as “when the Treasury knows something has to be done, the Cabinet should not be given too much time to think about it”. Effectively it means that Treasury documents are released at the last possible moment.


Humpy got the hang of it

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Sir Humphrey: “It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection. Consequently, we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials, from which it emerges with an elegant inevitability that any decision which has been officially reached will have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes is not been officially reached even if one or more members believe they can recollect it, so in this particular case, if the decision had been officially reached it would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials. And it isn’t so it wasn’t.”

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The main topic of the YM episode Big Brother in conjunction with the National Integrated Database. Jim Hacker wants to install safeguards within the database, but Sir Humphrey is resisting to it. In the YM episode The Death List Jim Hacker wants to introduce safeguards on electronic surveillance.

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