A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

The Public Administration Select Committee is a select committee appointed by the British House of Commons to examine the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by civil service departments, and other matters relating to the civil service, mostly for England and Wales. [1]
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July 2013

Appointment OF THE Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life

  • Lord Bew, Government’s preferred candidate gave evidence on 11 Jul. [131]

Complaints: do they make a difference?

  • Dr Johnny Marshall, NHS Confederation gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]
  • Brenda Hennessy, Director of Patient and Public Experience, Addenbrooke’s Hospital gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]
  • Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]
  • Jonathan Senker, Chief Executive, Voiceability gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]
  • Ruthe Isden, Age UK gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]
  • Katie Shaw, Citizens Advice Bureau gave evidence on 2 Jul. [129]

The Work of the Cabinet Office

June 2013

COMPLAINTS: DO THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Future of the Civil Service

  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 24 Jun. [128]

May 2013

Examination of Witness

  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 13 May. [120]

FUTURE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE

  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 13 May. [121]

April 2013

Future of the Civil Service

  • Jonathan Powell, Former Downing Street Chief of Staff gave evidence on 16 Apr. [117]
  • Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB CVO, Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 18 Apr. [118]
  • Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service gave evidence on 18 Apr. [118]

Migration Statistics

  • Professor John Salt, University College London gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Dr Scott Blinder, Acting Director, Oxford Migration Observatory gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Cllr Philippa Roe, Westminster City Council gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Mr Guy Goodwin, ONS gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Mr Ben Humberstone, ONS gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Dr Chris Kershaw, Head of Migration, Policing and Other Statistics, Home Office Science gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]
  • Mr Jon Simmons, Director, Migration and Border Analysis and a Deputy Director in the Home Office Science Directorate gave evidence on 24 Apr. [119]

March 2013

Examination of Witness

  • Lieutenant Colonel Dan Ward, Duty Acquisitions Officer, US Air Force gave evidence on 18 Mar. [135]

Future of the Civil Service

  • Professor Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield gave evidence on 5 Mar. [112]
  • Lord Norton, University of Hull gave evidence on 5 Mar. [112]
  • Professor Anthony King, Professor of British Government at the University of Essex gave evidence on 5 Mar. [112]
  • Rt Hon Mr Jack Straw MP, gave evidence on 20 Mar. [114]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 123

  • Tim Heywood, Director, Public Sector and Procurement, Burges Salmon LLP gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • Tim Cummins, Chief Executive, International Association of Commercial and Contract Management gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • Dr Paul Chapman, Academy Director, UK Government Major Projects Leadership Academy gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • David Noble, Chief Executive gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • Andrew Coulcher, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • Peter Smith, Managing Director, Procurement Excellence Consultants gave evidence on 12 Mar. [134]
  • Stephen Kelly, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [136]
  • Bill Crothers, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [136]
  • Sally Collier, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [136]

Procurement

  • Tim Heywood, Director, Public Sector and Procurement, Burges Salmon LLP gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • Tim Cummins, Chief Executive, International Association of Commercial and Contract Management gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • Dr Paul Chapman, Academy Director, UK Government Major Projects Leadership Academy gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • David Noble, Chief Executive gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • Andrew Coulcher, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • Peter Smith, Managing Director, Procurement Excellence Consultants gave evidence on 12 Mar. [113]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dan Ward, Duty Acquisitions Officer, US Air Force gave evidence on 18 Mar. [115]
  • Stephen Kelly, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [116]
  • Bill Crothers, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [116]
  • Sally Collier, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 25 Mar. [116]

February 2013

Future of the Civil Service

  • Lord Browne of Madingley, Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director gave evidence on 12 Feb. [107]
  • Lord O’Donnell GCB, former Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 12 Feb. [107]
  • Sir David Normington GCB, First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments gave evidence on 13 Feb. [108]
  • Dave Penman, FDA gave evidence on 13 Feb. [108]
  • Hugh Lanning, PCS gave evidence on 13 Feb. [108]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 123

  • Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB, EADS UK, former Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, MOD gave evidence on 25 Feb. [133]
  • Professor Christopher Bovis, University of Hull gave evidence on 25 Feb. [133]
  • Dr David Moore, Cranfield University gave evidence on 25 Feb. [133]
  • Robin Southwell, EADS UK, President, ADS gave evidence on 25 Feb. [133]
  • Professor Trevor Taylor, RUSI gave evidence on 25 Feb. [133]

PROCUREMENT

The Future of the Civil Service

January 2013

Examination of Witness

  • Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB CVO, Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 10 Jan. [102]

Future of the Civil Service

  • Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Cranfield School of Management, Dr Chris Gibson-Smith, Chairman, London Stock Exchange, Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government, Dr Suzy Walton, former senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office gave evidence on 15 Jan. [103]
  • Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, former Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva DBE, former First Civil Service Commissioner gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Rt Hon Lord Adonis, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Sir Nick Harvey MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [105]
  • Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, former Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]
  • Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva DBE, former First Civil Service Commissioner gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]
  • Rt Hon Lord Adonis, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]
  • Sir Nick Harvey MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]
  • Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]
  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, gave evidence on 29 Jan. [109]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 123

  • Colin Cram, Managing Director, Marc1 Limited gave evidence on 22 Jan. [132]
  • Jon Hughes, Chairman, Future Purchasing gave evidence on 22 Jan. [132]

Procurement

  • Colin Cram, Managing Director, Marc1 Limited gave evidence on 22 Jan. [104]
  • Jon Hughes, Chairman, Future Purchasing gave evidence on 22 Jan. [104]

The Future of the Civil Service

December 2012

COMMUNICATING AND PUBLISHING STATISTICS

Examination of Witness

  • Rt Hon Lord Heseltine of Thenford, gave evidence on 5 Dec. [97]
  • Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society gave evidence on 11 Dec. [122]
  • Will Moy, Full Fact gave evidence on 11 Dec. [122]
  • Michael Blastland, freelance journalist gave evidence on 11 Dec. [122]
  • Chris Giles, Financial Times gave evidence on 11 Dec. [122]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 757

Regulation OF the Charitable Sector and the Charities Act 2006

November 2012

Minutes of EvidenceHC 75

  • David Babbs, 38 Degrees gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]
  • Stephan Shakespeare, YouGov gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]
  • Tom Steinberg, mySociety gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]
  • Roger Hampson, London Borough of Redbridge gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]
  • Catarina Tully, Director, FromOverHere gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]
  • Professor Beth Noveck, former US Deputy Chief Technology Officer and author of Wiki Government gave evidence on 13 Nov. [123]

Public Engagement in Policy-making

Regulation of the Charitable Sector and the Charities Act 2006

  • Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner Designate, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Taskforce gave evidence on 6 Nov. [91]
  • Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Taskforce gave evidence on 6 Nov. [91]
  • Christopher Snowdon, Institute of Economic Affairs gave evidence on 27 Nov. [94]
  • Paul Hackett, Smith Institute gave evidence on 27 Nov. [94]

October 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, gave evidence on 16 Oct. [125]

Regulation of the Charitable Sector and the Charities Act 2006

September 2012

Appointment OF THE Chair of the Charity Commission

  • William Shawcross CVO, Government’s preferred candidate gave evidence on 5 Sep. [86]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 406

July 2012

CHAIR OF THE CHARITY COMMISSION VALEDIcTORY HEARING

Examination of Witness

  • Lord Browne of Madingley, Government Lead NonExecutive gave evidence on 10 Jul. [79]

June 2012

12 June 2012

18 June 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service gave evidence on 26 Jun. [77]

May 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB CVO, Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 24 May. [74]

Honours System

  • Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service and Chair of the Main Honours Committee gave evidence on 22 May. [72]
  • Dame Mary Marsh CBE, Chair of the State Honours Committee gave evidence on 22 May. [73]
  • Sir John Parker, Chair of the Economy Honours Committee gave evidence on 22 May. [72]
  • Richard Tilbrook, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 22 May. [72]
  • Dame Mary Marsh DBE, Chair of the State Honours Committee gave evidence on 22 May. [72]

The Honours System

  • Lord Digby Jones, gave evidence on 15 May. [71]
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, gave evidence on 15 May. [71]
  • Graham Smith, Chief Executive, Republic campaign gave evidence on 15 May. [71]
  • John Lidstone, commentator on the honours system gave evidence on 15 May. [71]

April 2012

BUSINESS APPOINTMENT RULES

  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 25 Apr. [69]

Examination of Witness

  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 25 Apr. [84]

Honours System

  • Sir Garth Morrison, Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian gave evidence on 24 Apr. [70]
  • David Briggs, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire gave evidence on 24 Apr. [70]
  • Sir Garth Morrison, Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian gave evidence on 24 Apr. [85]
  • David Briggs, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire gave evidence on 24 Apr. [85]

March 2012

BUSINESS APPOINTMENT RULES

Cabinet Office Business Plan

Examination of Witness

February 2012

Strategic Thinking in Government

January 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Sir Philip Mawer, former Independent Adviser to the Prime Minister on Ministers' Interests gave evidence on 31 Jan. [60]
  • Sir Alex Allan KCB, Independent Adviser to the Prime Minister on Ministers' Interests gave evidence on 31 Jan. [60]

Role of the Independent Adviser to the Prime Minister on Ministers’ Interests

  • Sir Alex Allan, Independent Adviser to the Prime Minister on Ministers' Interests gave evidence on 31 Jan. [61]

STRATEGIC THINKING IN GOVERNMENT

December 2011

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

PRE-APPOINTMENT HEARING FOR THE POST OF THE CHAIR OF THE UK STATISTICS AUTHORITY

  • Andrew Dilnot CBE, gave evidence on 6 Dec. [52]

Strategic Thinking in Government

November 2011

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

  • Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [45]
  • Rt Hon Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [45]
  • Sir Douglas Wass GCB, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [45]
  • Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, University of London gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • Professor Colin Talbot, University of Manchester gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • Professor Tony Dean, University of Toronto gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • Sue Cameron, Journalist gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • Rt Hon Peter Riddell, Institute for Government gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • David Walker, Guardian gave evidence on 15 Nov. [47]
  • Sir Gus O'Donnell GCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service gave evidence on 23 Nov. [48]
  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave evidence on 28 Nov. [50]
  • Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, gave evidence on 8 Nov. [58]
  • Lord Turnbull KCB CVO, gave evidence on 8 Nov. [58]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 1621

Role of the Head of the Civil Service

  • Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, gave evidence on 8 Nov. [46]
  • Rt Hon Lord Turnbull KCB CVO, gave evidence on 8 Nov. [46]

The Work of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

  • Ann Abraham, Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England gave evidence on 29 Nov. [51]
  • Kathryn Hudson, Deputy Ombudsman gave evidence on 29 Nov. [51]
  • Bill Richardson, Deputy Chief Executive gave evidence on 29 Nov. [51]

October 2011

The Big Society

Work of the Charity Commission

September 2011

Public Appointments

  • Will Hutton, Author of Hutton Review of Fair Pay gave evidence on 6 Sep. [42]
  • Deborah Loudon, Saxton Bampfylde gave evidence on 6 Sep. [42]
  • Peter Smith, Hay Group gave evidence on 6 Sep. [42]
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, Appointments Commission gave evidence on 6 Sep. [42]
  • Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport gave evidence on 6 Sep. [42]

July 2011

Pre-appointment Hearing

  • Dame Julie Mellor, preferred candidate gave evidence on 6 Jul. [31]

Public Appointments: regulation, recruitment and pay

The Big Society

June 2011

Pre-Appointment Hearing for the Post ofChair of THE UK Statistics Authority

  • Professor Dame Janet Finch, gave evidence on 28 Jun. [32]

The Big Society

May 2011

Appointment of the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority

Funding of the Voluntary Sector

Public Bodies Bill [HL]

  • Lord Norton of Louth, University of Hull, Member, Lords Constitution Committee gave evidence on 17 May. [37]
  • Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Chair, Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee gave evidence on 17 May. [37]

The Big Society

March 2011

"A Recipe For Rip-Offs": Time For A New Approach

Change in Government: the agenda for leadership

  • Sir Gus O'Donnell KCB, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service gave evidence on 3 Mar. [25]
  • Ian Watmore, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 3 Mar. [25]
  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 3 Mar. [25]

Good Governance and Civil Service Reform

  • Rt Hon Francis MaudeMP, Minister for the Cabinet Office gave evidence on 3 Mar. [24]

Good Governance: the Effective Use of IT

February 2011

Business Appointment Rules

Change in Government: the agenda for leadership

  • Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO, gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]
  • Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]
  • Lord Turnbull KCB CVO, gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]
  • Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB, Ministry of Justice gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]
  • Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Home Office gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]
  • Ian Watmore, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 1 Feb. [18]

FUNDING OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Good Governance AND Civil Service Reform

The Big Society

Work of the Ombudsman

January 2011

Change in Government: the agenda for leadership

Departmental Business Plans

Funding of Voluntary Sector

The Big Society

December 2010

Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?

  • William Rickett CB, Company Director and Consultant gave evidence on 7 Dec. [9]
  • Dan Corry, Economic Consultant gave evidence on 7 Dec. [9]

Work of the First Civil Service Commissioner and the Commissioner for Public Appointments

November 2010

Pre-Appointment Hearing For The Dual Post Of First Civil Service Comissioner And Comissioner For Public Appointments

  • Sir David Normington, gave evidence on 16 Nov. [14]

Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango State

Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?

October 2010

Civil Service Compensation Scheme/Work of the Cabinet Office

  • Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy gave evidence on 7 Oct. [2]
  • Mr Jonathan Baume, FDA gave evidence on 7 Oct. [2]
  • Mr Hugh Lanning, PCS gave evidence on 7 Oct. [2]
  • Mr Paul Noon, Prospect gave evidence on 7 Oct. [2]
  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 7 Oct. [2]

Equitable Life

  • Ann Abraham, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman gave evidence on 14 Oct. [6]
  • Iain Ogilvie, Former Investigation Manager gave evidence on 14 Oct. [6]
  • Sir John Chadwick, gave evidence on 14 Oct. [6]
  • Mr Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury gave evidence on 14 Oct. [6]
  • Giles Thomson, HM Treasury gave evidence on 14 Oct. [6]

Smaller Government: What do Ministers do?

  • Tony Baldry MP, Member of Parliament and former Minister gave evidence on 19 Oct. [7]
  • Chris Mullin, former Minister gave evidence on 19 Oct. [7]
  • Lord Rooker, Member of the House of Lords and former Minister gave evidence on 19 Oct. [7]

The Work of the Cabinet Office

  • Sir Gus O'Donnell KCB, Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service gave evidence on 28 Oct. [13]
  • Ian Watmore, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 28 Oct. [13]

September 2010

Who does UK National Strategy

  • Peter Hennessy, University of London gave evidence on 9 Sep. [3]
  • Julian Lindley-French, Professor of Defence Strategy, Netherlands Defence Academy gave evidence on 9 Sep. [3]
  • Hew Strachan, All Souls College, Oxford University gave evidence on 9 Sep. [3]
  • Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary gave evidence on 14 Sep. [4]
  • David Frost, Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave evidence on 14 Sep. [4]
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup GCB AFC ADC RAF, Chief of Defence Staff gave evidence on 16 Sep. [5]
  • Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG, Home Office gave evidence on 16 Sep. [5]
  • William Nye, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 16 Sep. [5]