First evidence session held on future of the Civil Service

08 January 2013

This is the first session of the Public Administration Select Committee's (PASC) inquiry into the future of the Civil Service

The Committee will first take evidence from four academics to consider the state of the Civil Service and to place the Government's current reform programme in an historical context. In the second part of the session Members will question representatives of three think tanks working in this field on their views of the Civil Service Reform Plan and how systemic issues within Whitehall can be addressed.

Particular issues to be explored

  • The benefits and risks of a politicised Civil Service;
  • Ministerial involvement in the selection of departmental Permanent Secretaries; and
  • Civil Service accountability.


At 9.30am, Tuesday 8 January 2013, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

  • Professor Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield
  • Patrick Diamond, University of Manchester
  • Lord Hennessy, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Professor Christopher Hood, University of Oxford

At 10.30am, Tuesday 8 January 2013, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

  • Sean Worth, Policy Exchange
  • Peter Riddell, Institute for Government
  • Andrew Haldenby, Reform

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