THE Government is to appeal against a High Court ruling saying that its ban on expatriate civil servants transferring to permanent staff contravenes the Bill of Rights. Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service Christopher Jackson said yesterday that the Government was confident about the policy. 'We believe that the arrangements we put in place, particularly given our plans for common terms in the future, were reasonable and lawful and we intend to pursue that in the appeal process,' Mr Jackson said. The decision was just one of 22 made by Mr Justice Keith, but both sides agree it is the core issue as arguments about the employment terms of contract staff would be rendered irrelevant if expatriates could transfer to permanent and pensionable terms. In three other rulings, including the selective ban on contracts extending past June 30, 1997, the Government has agreed to change policies ruled unlawful by the judge and is not appealing against them. Even though the ruling is under appeal, it is likely some expatriate civil servants will soon ask Mr Justice Keith to enforce his own judgment by allowing them to transfer. The Association of Expatriate Civil Servants is also appealing against some rulings made by the judge in favour of the Government. Royston Griffey, a spokesman for the association, said even though members would do most of the work themselves, an appeal for funds would serve as a test of members' enthusiasm for the legal battle, which has already taken more than three years.