Committee hears views from Engineering sector on Government’s management of major projects

19 June 2019

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee continues its inquiry on the Government’s management of major projects with a session featuring evidence from the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Purpose of the session

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.
In this session, the Committee will question representatives from organisations whose members are directly affected by decisions taken by the Government relating to the management of major projects: the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, and the Institution of Civil Engineers. The Committee is expected to focus on the Government’s approach to procurement, risk management, and evaluation as well as the capacity to deliver major projects across the Civil Service. Witnesses will also be questioned on how Government communications regarding major projects can affect public perceptions of their importance, value for money, and expected benefits.


Tuesday 25 June 2019, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

  • Hannah Vickers, CEO, Association for Consulting and Engineering
  • Miles Ashley, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Director, Wessex Advisory Ltd

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