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The head of the civil service has denied that he had any influence in delaying the publishing of the Chilcot Inquiry. Speaking to a panel of MPs on the Public Administration Committee, Sir Jeremy Heywood said that he did not have any kno... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said the public needed to understand the reasons behind the delay in the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry. “I think we deserve an explanation. He’s going to give an explanation in writing. That may give rise to correspon... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin MP called for more powers for the security services to prevent them operating "blind". “These are very dangerous people and they have to be watched. We just don’t have the resources to keep track of everybody - it’s like l... Continue to article
The House of Lords has applauded Lord Jenkin after the retiring peer gave the first ever valedictory speech. The Tory peer, who is standing down under new provisions to allow peers to retire from the House, gave a ten minute address run... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said Britain was becoming a “honey pot nation” in the European Union because of its economic growth. “What I would say is, first of all this [removing tax credits from EU immigrants] is opposed by the Commission and you’ve... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said Angela Merkel’s suggestion that EU rules on free movement of labour could not be changed was “renegotiation positioning.” “This is all renegotiation positioning, what matters is that we win the election and that we ca... 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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