Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notice

14 May 2008

PASC CALLS FOR ‘FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE’ TO RESTRUCTURING OF GOVERNMENT

In a short report published today, the Commons Public Administration Committee (PASC) calls for the third time in a year for Government’s powers to reorganise the civil service to be subject to more effective Parliamentary scrutiny and control.

Committees usually publish the Government’s responses to their reports without comment. In a highly unusual step, PASC takes the opportunity provided by the Government’s latest response on this subject to continue the discussion. The Government’s response is published with the Report.

The Committee calls again for a debate and vote in Parliament on important government reorganisations. The current system “is putting the cart before the horse” by making the organisation of Government Departments automatically follow changes in ministers’ responsibilities. /ENDS


FURTHER INFORMATION:

The Committee’s June 2007 report on machinery of government changes is available online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmpubadm/672/672.pdf

The Government’s response (November 2007) is available online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmpubadm/90/90.pdf

The Committee’s December 2007 report is available online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmpubadm/160/160.pdf

Committee Membership is as follows: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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