Committee questions experts on Government’s management of major projects

07 June 2019

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee returns to its inquiry on the Government’s management of major projects with a session hearing from the Institute for Government and the Major Projects Association.


The Government’s Major Projects Portfolio currently has 133 projects with a total value of £423 billion. This includes high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and Hinkley Point but also major Government ICT projects, projects to transform public services, and major defence procurement programmes. In addition, individual departments manage numerous capital projects outside the Major Projects Portfolio.

PACAC is examining how well the Government manages its major projects, what steps it should take improve, and ways to equip the Civil Service with the skills and capacity to manage and deliver major projects.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will question two experts on how the Government initiates and manages major projects. In his role as Programme Director at the Institute for Government, Nick Davies leads the Institute’s work on service delivery and infrastructure. Professor Denise Bower OBE is the Executive Director of the Major Projects Association – a membership organisation for those engaged in project management.

The Committee will ask the witnesses the Government decides between projects, how they are planned and budgets and schedules set, how well they are managed, and what evaluation takes place. The Committee will also cover the training available to civil servants on management of major projects. 


Tuesday 11 June 2019, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

From 10am

Panel One

  • Nick Davies, Programme Director, Institute for Government

Panel Two

  •  Professor Denise Bower OBE, Executive Director, Major Projects Association

Further information

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