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Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Following the decision of the House that an early general election should be held, submissions are no longer being accepted for this inquiry.
All select committees will cease to exist on the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017.
During the 2010-15 Parliament the Government introduced a programme of reform which aimed to make the Civil Service "more economic and provide faster services to the public". However, the outcome of the reforms fell short of expectations. Neither the first Civil Service Reform Plan nor its update attempted to base its proposals on any comprehensive analysis of why some things are successful and some things go wrong in government, and why the Civil Service appears unable to learn from success and failure. This was identified as a major failing in the Reform Plan by the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) in its September 2013 report, "Truth to Power: how Civil Service reform can succeed". PASC built on this work in a report on "Developing Civil Service Skills: a unified approach". PACAC launches a further wide-ranging inquiry into the effectiveness of the Civil Service.
Evidence given by Sir Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, and Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health
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Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hears on the structure and organisation of the Civil Service