Abstracts: November 9th, 2004

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee has launched a scrutiny into the effectiveness of the Civil Service and its relationship with other public services. The committee will consider whether local government and health service staff should be brought under the Civil Service umbrella. Other issues the Committee will explore include whether today’s civil servants have the right skills to deliver public services, and whether wider use of new technology, relocation outside London and more devolution to local bodies will help strengthen the performance of the service. They will also seek views on Civil Service careers, asking whether “the job for life” should become a thing of the past and whether it should be easier for people from the private sector to join the service.Submissions should be sent by 17 December 2004 to Philip Aylett, Clerk, Public Administration Select Committee, Committee Office, First Floor, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

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