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The work of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC). Bernard Jenkin MP. A very short history. Established in 1997 Combined the remits of two committees A committee on the Ombudsman A committee on public service Chaired by Rhodri Morgan (1997-1999) Tony Wright (1999-2010)

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The work of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC)

Bernard Jenkin MP


A very short history

  • Established in 1997

  • Combined the remits of two committees

    • A committee on the Ombudsman

    • A committee on public service

  • Chaired by

    • Rhodri Morgan (1997-1999)

    • Tony Wright (1999-2010)

    • Bernard Jenkin (2010 to date)


PASC’s remit

  • “to examine the reports of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Health Service Commissioner for England” (i.e. the ‘Ombudsman’)

    • “and matters in connection therewith”

  • “to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by civil service departments”

    • “and other matters relating to the civil service”

      (House of Commons Standing Order No. 146)


A rough map of PASC’s remit


Who does UK National Strategy?


Strategic Thinking in Government

Follow up to the National Strategy inquiry

  • How strategy is linked to policy-making

  • International examples

  • Lessons from business

  • The role of social media


Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango State

  • “A missed opportunity”

  • “Hopelessly unclear”

  • “Rushed and poorly handled”

    Govt should have used this as an opportunity to transfer function to charities and mutuals

     Big Society


Smaller Government:What do ministers do?


Change in Government: The Agenda for Leadership


Leadership of change: new arrangements for the roles of the Head of the Civil Service and the Cabinet Secretary

Changes “could lead to weaker leadership and disperse power at a critical time of change in government”

  • both attend Cabinet on equal terms

  • both must have access to the Prime Minister and the authority “to speak truth unto power”


Government and IT- "A Recipe For Rip-Offs": Time For A New Approach

  • Over-reliant on an oligopoly of large contractors

  • Lack of in-house skills

    Result: A recipe for rip-offs


The Big Society


Government use of statistics and the UK Statistics Authority


The work of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman


The work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and First Civil Service Commissioner


The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council


The work of the Business Appointment Rules and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

A ‘revolving door’ between business and Whitehall?

  • concern about the movement of personnel between the private sector and the civil service

  • growing demand for civil servants with external expertise

  • civil service job losses

  • greater diversity of providers for public services


Future Work Programme


Six Principles of Good Governance

  • Leadership

  • Performance

  • Accountability

  • Transparency

  • Engagement

  • Empowerment


The work of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC)

Bernard Jenkin MP


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