Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Safeguards for proper Government decision making inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

The deadline for written submissions was 16 April. If you would like to send a submission please contact committee staff.

Report published


Scope of the inquiry

In its report on the Lessons Still to be Learned from the Chilcot Inquiry the Committee recommended that in the future:

"There should be a mechanism of written Ministerial direction, similar to that used by Departmental Accounting Officers, reflecting the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials to ensure that proper procedure is followed as set out in the Cabinet Manual."

This was to ensure that important decisions, such as whether to take part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, were more likely to be subjected to robust and informed scrutiny within Government through the process of formal consideration by the Cabinet and its committees.

The Government failed to address this recommendation in their response to the Committee's report, and so the Committee has decided to carry out a further inquiry on these issues.

Terms of reference: Safeguards for proper Government decision making

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