Public Administration Select Committee: Inquiry

Governing the Future

Report | Oral and written evidence

On 2 November 2005 PASC launched an inquiry into the place of strategy and planning in government.

• How does government find a balance between planning for long term future problems like global warming, medium term issues with a high profile such as bird flu, while addressing pressing issues of the day?

• What incentives are there for the Government to solve long term problems that require immediate, but often unpalatable, decisions?

The inquiry will focus on the role of the Centre, including the Number 10 Strategy Unit, in strategic planning, the relationship between the centre and individual departments in the strategic planning process, and the results of strategic work in government. The Issues and Questions paper also asks:

• Is strategic thinking too centralised, or not centralised enough?

• How does one train someone to carry out strategic thinking?

• Is there a greater role for Parliament in the Strategic Planning process?

Minutes of evidence taken by the Committee:

Tuesday 17 October 2006, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Ms Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Porritt CBE, Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, Sustainable Development Commission and Professor Susan Owens OBE AcSS FRSA, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Professor Sir David King FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government and Head of the Office of Science and Innovation

Thursday 22 June 2006, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Christine Farnish, Chief Executive, NAPF.

Thursday 20 April 2006, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Lord Birt, A Member of the House of Lords.

Thursday 26 January 2006, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Mr Stephen Aldridge, Director of the Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office; Lord Donoughue, a Member of the House of Lords and Dr William Plowden

Thursday 8 December 2005, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Sir Michael Bichard KCB, Rector, University of the Arts, London and Dr Geoff Mulgan, Director, Institute for Community Studies

Press Notices

6 March 2007
PASC publishes report on strategic thinking in Whitehall

28 February 2007
PASC to publish report on strategic thinking in Whitehall

13 October 2006
PASC to hear about long-term policy making on green issues as part of strategy inquiry

18 April 2006
PASC to question Lord Birt on stategic thinking in Whitehall

1 December 2005
PASC to take evidence on strategic thinking in Whitehall

2 November 2005
PASC launches new inquiry

Issues and Questions paper