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Session 2001-02
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Public Administration Committee Publications

Public Administration - Eighth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 11 July 2002.


CONTENTS

  

REPORT

Summary


Terms of Reference

Chapter One

Government Communication and the Public Interest

The Committee's Previous Reports

Learning the Lessons

Chapter Two

Managing Communications in DTLR

Chronology of events in DTLR

Assessing the Roles

Sir Richard Mottram: the Permanent Secretary

The Kiley Briefing, the Departure of Alun Evans and the Leaks

The Dangers in a Statement

Stephen Byers: the Secretary of State

Martin Sixsmith: Director of Communications

Jo Moore: Special Adviser

"The Centre"-Cabinet Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, Government Information and Communication Service

Chapter Three

Conclusions, Lessons and Possible Solutions

Managing Special Advisers: A Flawed System

The Value of Special Advisers

Testing the System to Destruction?

The Powerless Centre?

Weaknesses in the Rules

An Erosion of Standards in the Civil Service

Reducing the Grey Areas: Clearer Boundaries for Special Advisers

Following Number Ten's New Tone

Speaking with One Voice

Reviewing Government Communications

Recruitment and Training of Special Advisers

When Things Go Wrong: The Need for a Better System

Freedom of Information

Wider Issues-Playing it Straight

LIST OF CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

LIST OF WITNESSES

MEMORANDA INCLUDED IN THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

LIST OF REPORTS

LAST PARLIAMENT 1997-2001

CURRENT PARLIAMENT 2001-02

 


 
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