Environment Agency and Oftsed give evidence on quangos and accountability

24 June 2014

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) question Environment Agency Chair Chris Smith, outgoing Ofsted Chair Sally Morgan, and new NHS England chief Simon Stevens in the third evidence session of its inquiry into the Accountability of quangos and public bodies on Tuesday 24 June at 9.15am


At 9.15am:

  • Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency;
  • Bronwyn Hill CBE, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and
  • Sonia Phippard, Director, Water and Flood Risk Management, Department for Food and Rural Affairs.

At 10.00am (approx):

  • Una O'Brien CB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health;
  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England; and
  • Professor Chris Ham CBE, Chief Executive, The King's Fund.

At 10.45am (approx): 

  • Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Chair, Ofsted; and
  • Neil Greenwood, Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Performance, Ofsted


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 decision not to re-appoint Baroness Sally Morgan as Chair of Ofsted.

@CommonsPASC live tweet the session, using the #quangos hashtag.

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