13 January 2008
PASC TO HEAR FROM MICHAEL BICHARD, JOHN BIRT AND DIGBY JONES ON GOOD GOVERNMENT
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to take evidence from three prominent former government insiders as part of its inquiry into 'Good Government':
Sir Michael Bichard, Director of the Institute for Government and former Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education and Employment
Lord (John) Birt, former BBC Director-General and former Number 10 adviser
Lord (Digby) Jones, former Minister for Trade and former Director of the CBI.
All three witnesses entered government from outside the normal Whitehall or Westminster channels, in order to provide particular expertise and a fresh perspective on the issues facing government. All three have now also left government, and should be able to offer unique insights into how government works. The issues likely to be covered in the evidence session include the performance and capability of the civil service, the effects of highly centralised government, and how to improve government performance and policy delivery.
The session will be held on
Thursday 15 January at
10.00am 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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