Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notices

12 December 2008


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to take evidence on its inquiry into Good Government from four eminent experts on British government:

•   Christopher Hood, Gladstone Professor of Government at Oxford University

•   Colin Talbot, Professor of Public Policy and Management at Manchester Business School

•   Tony Travers, Director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science

•   Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive of the National Archives

The evidence session provides an opportunity to hear the witnesses’ prescriptions for good government, based on their long experience of observing government in Britain and elsewhere. The session is likely to cover issues such as the strengths and weaknesses of British government, improving government performance, and strengthening the evidence base for policy making.

The session will be held on Tuesday 16 December at 2.00pm in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

PASC’s Good Government inquiry is looking at how effective government is at making and implementing policies, and seeing them delivered successfully. It also considers how well government departments are able to oversee the continuing operations of government. PASC has looked at many related issues over the past decade. This inquiry is an opportunity to take stock of what the Committee has learned from its various investigations, and to hear from others with experience of trying to improve how government works.

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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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