Public Administration Select Committee Press Notices

Session 2002-2003

Date Inquiry Announcement
 
24 November 2003Ministerial Powers and the Prerogative Honours System could face radical change (PN.22)
November 2003The Honours System PASC publishes government policy papers
11 November 2003On Target? Government By Measurement Government backs PASC proposals for Targets (PN.21)
3 November 2003A Civil Service Act; and The Work of the Ombudsman Civil Service Bill at Heart of PASC Future Programme (PN.20)
20 October 2003Ministerial Powers and the Prerogative PASC Publishes Government defence of its sweeping prerogative powers - Move could help bring bigger say for Parliament (PN.19)
16 October 2003Interim Response of the Review of Government Communications Former Downing Street Press Chiefs give PASC their verdict on Changes to PM's Media Operation (PN.18)
24 September 2003Hutton, Phillis and the Machinery of Government PASC to examine some of the implications for the Civil Service and the Machinery of Government of the Hutton Inquiry (PN.17)
22 July 2003On Target? Government By Measurement PASC calls for review of public service targets - and a new performance audit of government - Commons Committee urges radical reform (PN.16)
10 July 2003Government by Appointment: Opening up the Patronage State PASC urges ministers to give Parliament major say in big public appointments (PN.15)
3 June 2003Civil Service Legislation PASC starts consultation on Civil Service Bill (Issues and Questions Paper - PN.13)
20 May 2003Ministerial Powers and the Prerogative PASC urges debate on new law to make Ministers listen to Parliament (Issues and Questions Paper - PN.12)
16 May 2003Ministerial Powers and the Prerogative and Civil Service Legislation Future Programme (PN.11)
13 March 2003Public Service Targets; and Ministerial Powers andPrerogative Future Programme (PN.10)
11 March 2003Public Service Targets Target List Reveals Prime Minister's Priorities (PN.9)
26 February 2003Ombudsman Issues PASC Attacks "Disturbing" Evidence of Government Administrative Failure (PN.8)
12 February 2003These Unfortunate Events: Lessons of the Recent Events at the former DTLR PASC Chairman welcomes Government moves on Information Service and Special Advisers (PN.7)
12 February 2003Prerogative Powers (and Future Programme) PASC to Launch Inquiry into Prerogative Powers and the Honours System; and Future Meetings (PN.6)
20 January 2003House of Lords Reform PASC Puts the case for Lords Reform (PN.5)
5 December 2002Public Appointments and Patronage and Public Service Targets Better Public Services: House of Commons Committee takes Evidence in Bristol (Press Notice No.4)
5 December 2002Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions Ministers Lose Chance to Avoid MPs' Questions (Press Notice No.3)
27 November 2002Public Appointments and Patronage and Public Service Targets Revised Programme - Autumn/Winter 2002-03 (PN.2)
20 November 2002The Public Service Ethos The Public Service Ethos: Government Responds to PASC Report (PN.1)

CONFERENCES AND SPEECHES

Reforming the Civil Service while Safeguarding its Values, 29 October 2003:

Speeches are available below from the speakers.

Date Inquiry Announcement
 
29 October 2003A Civil Service Act Why the Government needs to define the boundaries between Minister, Civil Servants and Special Advisers (Sir Nigel Wicks, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life)
29 October 2003A Civil Service Act The Government's response to the Wicks Report (Sir Andrew Turnbull, Head of the Home Civil Service)
29 October 2003A Civil Service Act The merit principle, and its continuing importance (Baroness Prashar, First Civil Service Commissioner)
29 October 2003A Civil Service Act One vision of our future: how the boundaries are defined in Canada (Mel Cappe, High Commissioner for Canada)
29 October 2003A Civil Service Act Special Advisers: Myth and Reality (David Clark, former Special Adviser to Robin Cook)
29 October 2004A Civil Service Act What is the legitimate role of special Advisers? How should they be regulated? (Andrew Tyrie MP, former Special Adviser to Nigel Lawson)