The Civil Service Commission had gone out on a limb on the issue of Permanent Secretary appointments in face of the views of the three main parties and many senior civil servants. So its latest announcement that the Prime Minister will, in future, be given a choice of candidates for around 25 heads of department posts had become inevitable. The Commission decided to put forward its own proposals rather than having them imposed by legislation. But that is far from the end of the story. There are questions on the scope of appointments included and the role of Secretaries of State in the final decision, especially in a coalition.