Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notices

2 March 2009


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to hear from Janet Paraskeva, First Civil Service Commissioner, and  Richard Jarvis, Secretary to the Civil Service Commissioners, on two separate inquiries: Leaks and Whistleblowing in Whitehall and Outside Appointments to the Senior Civil Service.

The meeting will be the first session in PASC’s examination of Outside Appointments to the Senior Civil Service. The Committee will explore issues raised by the increasing trend in recent years to recruit people into the civil service from the private sector and elsewhere. In particular, the session is likely to cover issues such as the higher pay rates used to attract external recruits, ministerial involvement in senior appointments, and the effects of bringing in ‘outsiders’ on the performance, ethos and morale of the civil service.

The Civil Service Commissioners are the final sanctioned route of appeal for civil servants who believe that they or other civil servants are being required to act in conflict with the values of the civil service as enshrined in the Civil Service Code. The Commissioners also carry out activities to promote the Civil Service Code. In the context of the Leaks and Whistleblowing inquiry, the session will provide an opportunity to investigate how effective the appeals process is, and whether internal whistleblowing processes in the civil service more generally could be improved, as well as to seek the views of the Civil Service Commissioners on how a culture can best be fostered in which civil servants feel empowered to raise concerns internally rather than leak to the media.

The session will be held on Thursday 5 March at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

PASC’s inquiry into Leaks and Whistleblowing in Whitehall is looking at the effects of leaks on the operations of government, the steps taken to investigate and prevent occurrences and how to decide whether the public interest is best served by keeping information confidential or disclosing it.

PASC’s inquiry into Outside Appointments to the Senior Civil Service is examining the effects of external recruitment to senior levels of the civil service-in particular on the performance, ethos and nature of the civil service as a whole.

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Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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