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Could this be a new feature of select committee hearings in the future? At the beginning of today’s session with Sir Nicholas Macpherson on Civil Service impartiality and referendums, Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the PASC, kindly informed...
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Energy and climate change questions (topicals at 10.15am) 10.30am: Business statement Select committee statement on the publication of the fourth report from the Work and Pensions Committee, on support for ho... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said the West needed to figure out what its objective in Ukraine was. "It’s very important that the West absolutely and unequivocally condemns what Putin is up to in Crimea, there’s no question about that, and the very mod... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin argued keeping public sector data free was beneficial to the overall economy. “Open data is all the datasets the Government’s got made available to everybody and includes things like the postcode address file. The census i... Continue to article
The Coalition’s record on appointing women to public bodies is “significantly better” than the last Labour government, Francis Maude has said. A row broke out last month over Michael Gove’s decision not to reappoint Baroness Morgan, a L... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said the European Union was "secret, oligarchic, and undemocratic". "First of all what Angela Merkel said about that was clear, and absolutely no surprise: she wasn’t going to suddenly put a whole lot of concessions on the... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said that fixed-term parliaments had “grave disadvantages”. “This is actually a de-democratisation of our constitution. It weakens the power of parliament to hold the Government to account because the Prime Minister’s got ... Continue to article
Sir Bernard Jenkin said the relationship between government and arms-length organisations such as the Environment Agency is “set up to fail in a crisis”. "The definition of a crisis is that they’re never handled well. I think the interes... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said the Coalition should break up at least six months before the general election, to ensure "integrity". "I would always be happy to see single party government even if it was a minority administration, because the legis... Continue to article
MPs have questioned the accountability of private sector firms awarded lucrative contracts by the Government. Members of the Public Administration Committee quizzed representatives of Serco, G4S, Atos and Capita on whether their companie... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Foreign secretary William Hague attends the Geneva II summit in Switzerland Culture secretary Maria Miller speaks at the Brit... Continue to article
An influential committee of MPs has delivered a stinging warning to the Government over its plans to split the role of the most senior civil servant in the country.
In a report published today, the Public Administration Select Committee also warned that the new part-time Head of the Civil Service would have an "excessive workload" which could undermine the Government's efforts to ensure reform of the civil service is successful.
Committee chair Bernard Jenkin told PoliticsHome that he and his colleagues were "keeping an open mind" on what the Government should do about the two new roles.
The number of ministers in the Commons is at its "absolute limit", a Commons committee has warned. The Public Administration Committee said that its calls to reduce the number of ministers from 121 to 80 has been ignored and that minister's aides are "leaned on for votes" in exchange for promotion rather than used to bring backbench information to policy.
The Government's broad agenda for reforming Britain's public services "will fail" without concurrent reform in Whitehall, the chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee has said. In an exclusive opinion piece for PoliticsHome, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin said reform cannot happen "unless there is leadership from the centre of government and engagement of the lower levels of management in the objectives and implementation of change", which the select committee had "not found to be evident" in many departments.
The House of Commons has passed the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Reform Bill. MPs backed its move to a second reading by 328 votes to 269. Government whips managed to quell the backbench Conservative anger expressed in the debate to ensure a majority of 59. MPs also approved a quick timetable for the next stage of the bill, where amendments are expected on the date and terms of the referendum on the Alternative Vote. The bill also reduces of the number of MPs and equalises constituencies, which shadow justice secretary Jack Straw called "skulduggery for narrow party advantage".
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