Public administration

All Commons Briefing Papers
35 Documents
DateDescription
04.08.2016Honours: History and reviews
Honours awarded today are mostly part of the Order of the British Empire, which was established in 1917. Almost from the beginning there was controversy about who should receive honours and suggestions of impropriety, particularly in the award of honours for political service. This paper summarises the various reviews of the system and the changes made.
25.07.2016A Public Service Ombudsman for the UK
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the Government's proposal to bring forward a draft bill for a public service ombudsman which will provide a unified ombudsman service for UK reserved matters and public services delivered solely in England. It also looks at the existing ombudsman landscape for public services across the UK.
01.07.2016Public Inquiries: non-statutory commissions of inquiry
This Briefing Paper examines non-statutory inquiries, including: non statutory ad hoc inquiries, committees of Privy Counsellors and Royal Commissions. A number of recent high profile inquiries, including both the Butler and Chilcot inquiries on the Iraq war, have been held as non-statutory inquiries.
26.04.2016The Commissioner for Public Appointments
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role and remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. It summarises the findings of the recent Grimstone Review of the public appointments system and initial responses to its recommendations. It also briefly sets out information about the establishment and development of the role.
16.03.2016The Parliamentary Ombudsman: role and proposals for reform
This House of Commons Briefing Paper looks at the role of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, and recent proposals for its reform.
12.03.2016Local authority boycotts
This note discusses proposals to restrict the ability of local authorities to carry out boycotts.
22.02.2016Women around the world: International Women's Day 2016
This briefing gives an introduction to International Women's Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women's equality both in the UK and internationally.
20.01.2016Combined authorities
This briefing note outlines the origins and structures of combined authorities, which will handle many of the 'devolution deals' agreed between the Government and local areas in England.
19.01.2016Politically Exposed Person's Regime
This note provides a short guide to the politically exposed persons regime within the general anti money laundering rules in the UK.
11.01.2016The UK National Security Council
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the UK National Security Council (NSC). Using a Q&A format, the briefing provides basic information about its origins, mandate and operation.
03.07.2015Public procurement
One third of public sector spending is on procurement of goods and services. This briefing looks at the rules for public procurement, at government priorities and at how well public contracts are being managed and delivered.
23.02.2015Pre-appointment hearings
This note sets out the background to the pre-appointment hearings; considers the operation of the hearings to date; and outlines the Liaison Committee's reports on the issue. It also includes information about some posts where there is greater parliamentary involvement. The appendix sets out the full list of appointments the Government has agreed should be subject to pre-appointment hearings.
31.01.2014Public procurement: small businesses and savings
This archived note briefly discussed public procurement with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and savings. It has been superseded by SN6029 (Public Procurement).
15.10.2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Progress of the Bill
This Note charts the progress of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill through Parliament. It complements Research Paper 13/51 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
27.08.2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill
The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 17 July 2013. This briefing has been prepared to inform the Second Reading debate on the Bill which is scheduled to take place on 3 September 2013.
17.07.2013Lobbying: July 2013 update
This Note covers the debate over a statutory register of lobbyists, and gives an update on the Government's plans to legislate.
31.01.2013Commercial Lobbyists (Registration and Code of Conduct) Bill 2012-13 [Bill 39 2012-13]
The Commercial Lobbyists (Registration and Code of Conduct) Bill 2012-13 is a Private Member's Bill promoted by Thomas Docherty. It seeks to create a statutory register for commercial lobbyists and a legally enforceable code of conduct. It was presented on 25 June 2012, and is scheduled for second reading on 1 February 2013.
20.11.2012The Ombudsman- the developing role in the UK
This Note is designed to provide background on the work of the Ombudsman, and examines recent developments in the role.
03.09.2012The Inquiries Act 2005
This Note explains the provisions of the Inquiries Act 2005. This Act is the main statutory basis for establishing an inquiry into matters of major current concern. The Note sets out details of each inquiry held under the Act and examines some of the procedural issues.
25.01.2012Lobbying
This note sets out issues relating to lobbying in the UK, including the announcement of the Government's consultation paper on a statutory register. It includes background to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry and the main findings of their report as well as the Government response. It also includes details of the 1991 Select Committee on Members' Interests report and the relevant work of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
24.11.2011The Public Bodies Bill [HL] : Commons and remaining stages
This standard note covers the Commons stages of the Public Bodies Bill [HL]
14.06.2011Public Bodies Bill [HL]
The Public Bodies [HL] Bill is largely enabling legislation. It would allow ministers, by order, to abolish, merge or transfer the functions of the public bodies listed in the appropriate schedules to the Act. It is the main legislative vehicle for taking forward the Government's review of public bodies, the results of which were published in October 2010.
11.05.2011Progress of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] 2010-11
This note briefly sets out the outcome of the review of public bodies before providing information on the progress of the Bill in the Lords so far. There is a Library Standard Note SN/PC/5609, Quangos, which sets out the background to the bill and general information about the 'quango debate'.
31.01.2011Quangos
This note provides a short history of public bodies in the United Kingdom before looking at the size and cost of the quango state. It considers why the number and cost of quangos has been hard to control. It then looks at the accountability of public bodies and appointments mechanisms. It also sets out the main provisions of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] as introduced. The Library Standard Note SN/PC/5845, Progress of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] 2010-11 provides more detailed information on the Bill
09.11.2010Government Offices for the Regions
Government Offices for the English Regions are to be abolished
27.07.2010Parliamentary Ombudsman: right of Appeal
Members often ask on behalf of their constituents whether there is any appeal against a decision by the Parliamentary Ombudsman (also called the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration). This note provides guidance on this subject.
27.07.2010The Parliamentary Ombudsman and the MP filter
This Note sets out the role of the MP in referring complaints to the Parliamentary Ombudsman and refers to other relevant Library Standard Notes.
17.12.2009Donations to Members of Parliament
From 1 July 2009 Members no longer have to report certain donations to both the Electoral Commission and Registrar of Members' Interests. The Note examines the history behind this dual requirement enacted in the Political Parties, Election and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA). Section 59 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 provided for dual registration to end, but implementation of this provision was delayed until July 2009. The Note also sets out the new limits on donations which have to be declared by Members, enacted in the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.
27.05.2009Electronic Government
This Standard Note describes e-Government, outlines Government efforts in this field, and related issues.
09.03.2007The Statistics and Registration Service Bill, Committee Stage Report
The Statistics and Registration Service Bill, Committee Stage Report. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/25
17.01.2005The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [HL] 2004-5
This note describes the background to this Bill which had its second reading on 16 December 2004.
03.09.2003Corruption: Draft Legislation
A Joint Committee of both Houses into the Draft Corruption Bill (in 2003-04 session) produced an alternative approach which challenged the description of corruption at the heart of the Draft Bill, and invited 'the Home Office to bring forward a revised Bill'. In view of this recommendation it seems unlikely that new Corruption legislation will be presented in the Government's programme for 2003-04. This Note considers the main issues and criticisms of the Bill raised by the Committee.
20.05.2003Whither the civil service?
Whither the civil service? . House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/49.
19.11.2001Parliamentary standards
Parliamentary standards. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/102.
15.11.2001Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Bill, Part XII:Anti-corruption legislation (Bill 49 of 2001-02)
Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Bill, Part XII:Anti - corruption legislation (Bill 49 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/92.
All Select Committee Reports
27 Select Committee Reports
DateDescription
19.01.2012Accountability of the Bank of England: response from the Court of the Bank of England to the twenty-first...
Government response. Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2011Appointment of Robert Jenkins to the interim Financial Policy Committee.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
14.09.2011Change in Government: the agenda for leadership.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
14.07.2011Select committees and public appointments.
House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]
09.06.2011Cabinet Manual.
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
17.05.2011Appointment of Dr Ben Broadbent to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
17.05.2011Appointment of Dr Donald Kohn to the interim Financial Policy Committee.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2011Cabinet Manual.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
16.03.2011Smaller government: shrinking the quango state.
Government response. Cabinet Office report [Commons]
25.01.2011Who does UK national strategy?
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
12.01.2011PFI in housing and hospitals.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
01.11.2010Office for Budget Responsibility.
Government response. Treasury report [Commons]
28.10.2010Pre-appointment hearings: House of Commons Liaison Committee second special report - further Government...
Government response. House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2010Appointment of the Chief Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact.
International Development Select Committee report [Commons]
25.10.2010Appointments to the Budget Responsibility Committee.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
12.10.2010Who does UK national strategy?
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
16.09.2010Appointment of Robert Chote as Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
14.09.2010The appointment of Dr Martin Weale to the Monetary Policy of the Bank of England.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
27.07.2010Cross-border provision of public services: follow-up.
Government response. Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2010Parliament and the Ombudsman: Further Report, incorporating the Government Response to the Committee's...
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
25.02.2010Lobbying: Developments since the Committee's First Report of Session 2008-09.
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
25.02.2010Bad Language: The Use and Abuse of Official Language.
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
15.12.2009Top pay in the public sector.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
03.12.2009Parliament and the Ombudsman.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
19.11.2009Bad language: the use and abuse of official language.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
15.10.2009From Citizen's Charter to Public Service Guarantees: entitlements to public services.
Government response. Cabinet Office; Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
12.10.2009Appointment of the Local Government Ombudsman and Vice-Chair of the Commission for Local Administration...
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]