Meet the new select committee chairs

, 18 June 2015

The results of the elections for Select Committee chairs in the 2015-2020 Parliament have just been announced. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White report

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Civil Service staff numbers under the Coalition government, 2010 to 2015

, 17 June 2015

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard look at how the size of the Civil Service changed under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.

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Continuity of ministers in the new government: staying (in) power?

, 16 June 2015

In addition to No 10, 12 out of 19 departments are headed by the same minister. Despite the loss of Liberal Democrat ministers, around two-thirds of secretaries of state have retained their pre-election role, with 12 out of 19 Whitehall departments still being run by the same secretary of state as before the election....

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Purdah and the role of the Civil Service in an EU referendum

, 16 June 2015

The government proposal not to apply restrictions on government activity in the campaign period before the EU referendum has been met with vociferous complaints. One side argues that no purdah restrictions would allow the use of government resources and public money in a way that would unfairly benefit the side which the Government sought...

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Cabinet Committees, sub-Committees and taskforces

, 12 June 2015

Cabinet Committees are a window into the power structure and priorities of government. In this Parliament, David Cameron has also created new implementation taskforces to monitor and deliver the Government’s cross-cutting priorities. Dan Devine and Jill Rutter take a look at the new committees and what they tell us about the personalities and priorities...

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Chair and chair alike: Commons select committee chairs, in five charts

, 12 June 2015

On 17 June, MPs will elect the chairs of many House of Commons select committees, the increasingly high-profile bodies which scrutinise government departments. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White, look at who has chaired them over the last three parliaments and what happens next.

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