Accountability of quangos and public bodies

28 April 2014

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will hold the first evidence session of Accountability of quangos and public bodies inquiry on Tuesday 29 April at 10 am. The Committee will take evidence from two University of Birmingham academics whose research focuses on the reform of public bodies, and the Director of Research from the cross-party think tank, the Institute for Government.


At 10 am, Tuesday 29 April 2014, in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

  • Tom Gash, Director of Research, Institute for Government
  • Professor Chris Skelcher, Professor of Public Governance, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Katherine Tonkiss, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Aims of the session

The inquiry aims to scrutinise the Government’s plans for public bodies reform and examine how public bodies are held to account by ministers and Parliament. Particular issues to be explored in this evidence session may include:

  • how well the public bodies model of non-ministerial control works in a crisis, such as the winter floods of 2013-4;
  • the extent to which public bodies deliver functions more effectively and efficiently than central government departments; and
  • the appointment of chairs of public bodies, following the resignation of Tony Caplin as Chair of the Public Works Loan Board, and the decision not to re-appoint Baroness Sally Morgan as Chair of Ofsted.

The @CommonsPASC Twitter account will live tweet the session, using the #quangos hashtag.

Further information

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