HC 1152 - Our Work in the 2010-2015 Parliament

HC 1152 - Our Work in the 2010-2015 Parliament

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As one of a small number of cross-government select committees, this Committee has gained a perspective on the state of Whitehall and its agencies which is not available to departmental select committees. Throughout the past five years, the recurring theme of their findings and recommendations reflects the importance of effective leadership in creating effective organisations. It is the positive or negative attitudes and behaviour in the people and the culture of an organisation which determines success or failure. Structures, processes and systems are important too, but preoccupation with these so often becomes a distraction from the real problems, which are about why people do not share information for the common good, collaborate effectively and trust one another. PASC took control of the process of selection of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) away from the Government altogether, so that for the first time Parliament has appointed its Ombudsman. They have also held many pre-appointment hearings for the Chairs of public bodies and were the first Select Committee to refuse to accept a government nomination for the chair of a public body. The Government was forced to re-run the selection for the post of Chair of the UK Statistics Authority under a new selection panel, and to propose a different candidate. They also hold hearings on PHSO's thematic reports, to interrogate and hold to account those who must respond to its recommendations. PASC has worked together effectively as a team despite political differences and the often controversial issues tackledWe have followed the role of Head of the Civil Service as it has changed over the course of the Parliament. ... for a full-time Head of the Civil Service, combining the roles of Head of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, ... Entitled Leadership for the long term: Whitehalla#39;s capacity to address future challenges, it focused on the Governmenta#39;s capacity to plan for and adapt to futureanbsp;...

Title:HC 1152 - Our Work in the 2010-2015 Parliament
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2015-03-28

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