Civil Servant vs Government Official

#1
Can someone out there in ARRSEland tell me at what stage a civil servant become a government official? Is it by grade or department?

Many years ago I asked a "spook" if he was a civil servant and, very sniffily, he said that he was a government official.
 
#2
Don't know what the criteria are nowadays, but my draft to FARELF were all instructed that our passports should read "Government Official" where you have to specify your occupation. This must have upset someone, on renewal it was altered to "Government Service" :?
 
#3
Many years ago I went to get my passport renewed and was told to write "Government Servant" in the relevant space on the application form, as I was to lowly for anything else. My obnoxious boss wrote "Government Official" on his, though, hacking me off for the rest of the day. I think the breakpoint is just above the military equivalent of Clerical Assistant.
 

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