Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notice

1 December 2009


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will hear this week from four expert commentators on its new inquiry into public administration and the fiscal squeeze:

€ David Halpern, Director of Research at the Institute for Government and former Number 10 adviser

€ Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform

€ Tony Travers, LSE

€ Colin Talbot, Manchester Business School

The hearing will be held on Thursday 3rd December, at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

PASC's short inquiry is looking at how ministers and public servants can conduct the business of government most effectively in the face of likely future public spending cuts. PASC's particular focus is the impact of hard economic times on government administration and public services, rather than on the economics of deficit reduction. It also comes as proposals are being put forward by government and others to achieve "smarter government".

The session is expected to cover the following issues:

€ The nature of expected cuts to public expenditure (targeted or across-the-board)

€ Possible effects on the size and organisation of central government, frontline public services and other public sector bodies

€ The relative merits of different approaches to making public spending cuts

€ How to determine the areas that government should and should not be involved in

€ How government officials and public servants could manage the process of implementing cuts most effectively

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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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