COMMONS

Call for evidence on inter-institutional relations in the UK

11 December 2015

The second phase of PACAC’s major constitution inquiry will focus on the way in which the different governments, parliaments and civil servants in the United Kingdom work with one another.

This strand of our inquiry will look at how inter-institutional relations have developed since the advent of devolution and assess what changes are required for the future.

Terms of reference

We invite submissions on the following questions:

Inter-Governmental Relations

  • What are the current inter-governmental arrangements? How have they developed since 1999?
  • What kind of relationships between key players already exist? How do they function? Do they work well? How can they be improved?
  • How effectively has the existing intergovernmental machinery worked?
  • What reforms are required in the field of intergovernmental relations?
  • Should intergovernmental relations have a statutory underpinning?

Inter-Parliamentary Relations

  • What are the current inter-parliamentary arrangements? How have they developed since 1999?
  • How could the different legislatures cooperate with one another in a more effective manner?
  • What kind of relationships between key players already exist? How do they function? Do they work well? How can they be improved?
  • What are the arguments for and against stronger inter-parliamentary relations?
  • How best could any reform of inter-parliamentary relations fit within the evolving devolution settlements?

The Civil Service

  • How effectively has the Civil Service adapted to devolution?
  • How appropriate is the existence of a single Civil Service still appropriate in the light of the evolving devolution settlements?
  • How should Civil Servants in Great Britain and Northern Ireland cooperate with one another, post-devolution?
  • What reform of the Civil Service is required to reflect the realities of a post-devolution United Kingdom?

Submissions should be sent online via the inquiry page, linked above, by 29 February 2016.

Data protection

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act. We may also ask you to comment on the process of submitting evidence via the web portal so that we can look to make improvements.

Further information

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