Posts tagged with ‘ Select committees ’

PAC introduces the "Hodge doctrine?"

, 16 November 2011

While attention has been focussed on the UK Border Agency hearings at the Home Affairs Select Committee, a lower profile hearing on Monday broke some new ground on civil service accountability. At issue was whether Home Office Permanent Secretary Dame Helen Ghosh would appear before the PAC to answer questions about the decisions she...

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Lords Joint Committee

, 13 July 2011

Creating a largely or wholly elected second chamber will be the most long drawn-out and bitterly fought legislation of this parliament. So there has been a widespread welcome for the creation of a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider the draft House of Lords Reform Bill. This is just the type of pre-legislative...

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Acceptance of NHS reform could hinge on accountability

, 3 June 2011

If the Government’s listening exercise can encourage ministers to clarify the lines of accountability, the decentralisation introduced in the Health and Social Care Bill may be more widely accepted. The Institute’s recent report, Nothing to do with me? put forward guiding principles on ministerial accountability within decentralised services.

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What do ministers do?

, 10 March 2011

Prime ministers have sought to bolster the numbers by appointing unpaid ministers and platoons of parliamentary private secretaries. Currently, 141 MPs, 22 per cent of the total, hold some sort of position. This seems at odds with David Cameron’s pledge to cut the cost of politics.

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Striking the right balance on public appointments

, 7 March 2011

Lord (Chris) Patten will this Thursday be cross-examined by MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee about his suitability for the role of BBC Trust Chairman, following his nomination by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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A good governance framework for civil service reform is easier said than done

, 8 February 2011

As part of its inquiry into civil service reform, PASC has set itself the challenge of developing a “framework of what constitutes good governance within which civil service reform can be effectively scrutinised and measured”.

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Public Accounts Committee: from bear pit to forensic forum

, 24 January 2011

That is the challenge the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) now faces. Its recently elected chair Margaret Hodge, Institute Senior Fellow Lord Bichard and the House Magazine’s Political Editor Sam Macrory addressed this at a lively debate at the Institute on 19 January.

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Speaker’s question time

, 19 January 2011

John Bercow has been very active in his year and a half as Speaker of the Commons in leading a debate on strengthening the House – though his efforts have got much less public and media attention than the controversies he has become embroiled in with some, mainly Conservative, MPs.

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Where next for arm’s length bodies?

, 7 January 2011

We’ve produced our report, Read Before Burning. We had in the autumn the results of the Government review. Today, we heard coruscating criticism from the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) of the way the government carried out its review.

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Public appointments: what role for parliament?

, 29 October 2010

This Monday a pair of senior economists spent two hours defending their professional competence and personal independence to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. Stephen Nickell and Graham Parker are the Chancellor’s proposed candidates to join Chair Robert Chote at the new Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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