Public Administration Select Committee: Inquiry

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE FISCAL SQUEEZE

Current Status: Oral evidence concluded

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) launched a short inquiry on 25 November 2008 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.

Press Notice

23 February 2010: PASC to question Treasury Minister Liam Byrne about Smarter Government

18 January 2010: PASC to hear from Government spending Watchdogs about Public Administration and the Fiscal Squeeze

1 December 2009: PASC to explore the impact of hard economic times on Government and Public Services

Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee:

3 December 2009: Corrected Transcript
Mr David Halpern, Institute of Government, Mr Andrew Haldenby, Reform, Professor Colin Talbot and Mr Tony Travers

21 January 2010: Corrected Transcript
Mr Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Audit Commissiion, Mr Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General and Mr Michael Whitehouse, Chief Operating Officer, National Audit Office

Written Evidence

Written Evidence