25 November 2008: Immediate
PASC TO HOLD SHORT INQUIRY INTO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE FISCAL SQUEEZE
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) today launches a short inquiry into public administration and the fiscal squeeze. PASC is undertaking this inquiry to consider how ministers and public servants can conduct the business of government most effectively in the face of likely future public spending cuts.
The Committee will examine the following issues:
The nature of expected cuts to public expenditure (targeted or across-the-board)
Possible effects on the size and organisation of central government, frontline public services and other public sector bodies
The relative merits of different approaches to making public spending cuts
How government and public services could most effectively adapt to a tighter fiscal environment (in particular by determining the areas that government should and should not be involved in)
PASC expects to hold at least two evidence sessions on this topic. The first, on Thursday 3 December, will hear from expert commentators about the public administration implications of different responses to the fiscal pressures on government. A second session is likely to be held early in the New Year.
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Committee Membership: 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) (Bridgwater), 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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