Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notice

18 January 2010

PASC TO HEAR FROM GOVERNMENT SPENDING WATCHDOGS ABOUT PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE FISCAL SQUEEZE

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week question Steve Bundred, Chief Executive of the Audit Commission, and Amyas Morse, the head of the National Audit Office, about the impact of hard economic times on government administration and public services.

The hearing will be held on Thursday 21st January, at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

As the heads of the two government audit watchdogs, the witnesses will provide an informed perspective on how anticipated public spending cuts are likely to affect government departments and frontline public services. The session is expected to cover the following issues:

€ The level and nature of expected cuts to public spending

€ Possible effects on the size and organisation of central government, frontline public services and other public sector bodies

€ How government officials and public servants could manage the process of implementing cuts most effectively

PASC's short inquiry into public administration and the fiscal squeeze is looking at how ministers and public servants can conduct the business of government most effectively in the face of likely future public spending cuts. PASC's particular focus is the impact of the current economic situation on government administration and public services, rather than on the economics of deficit reduction. It is also looking at government and other proposals for achieving "smarter government".

For further information about the work of the Committee, visit our website at: www.parliament.uk/pasc

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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) (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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