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Public Administration - Fourth 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 26 June 2003.


Terms of Reference


1. Introduction

Our focus

A census of the appointed state

Our inquiry

Chapter 1: The principles of public appointment

Securing public confidence

Ministerial responsibility and accountability

Diversity and better public services

Chapter 2: Overseeing the appointments system

The scope of regulation

The regulated and the unregulated—looking for a rationale

Hidden corners

Prime Ministerial appointments

Ad-hoc advisory bodies

Executive agencies

A radical new look at public bodies

The local appointed state


"Most of them think it is a fix"—public confidence in the appointments process

Views from public bodies

Evidence on 'cronyism'

Media allegations of 'cronyism'

Effect of suspicions on work of public bodies

The influence of civil servants

The role of independent assessors

The role of recruitment consultants

A stocktake for the appointments system

Separation of powers

Parliamentary oversight

Chapter 3: Building a new civic tradition: more diversity and better access

Progress towards diversity

Male, pale, stale

The image barrier

Lay representation

A national strategy

Elements of a national strategy

Review of the roles of public bodies and their members

A single equality act


Pay-related issues

Benefit losses among people with disabilities

Selection by lot—talent hunting

An extension of voting

National and regional bodies

Local public bodies

Positive action

Dilution of standards

Routes to diversity

Mentoring and shadowing

Chapter 4: A public appointments commission

The case for a public appointments commission

Ministerial Responsibility


Conclusions and recommendations


Prime Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies/Crown and Individual Posts

Appointments made by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister

Appointments made by the Prime Minister

Appointments on which the Prime Minister is expected to be consulted

Formal minutes


List of written evidence

List of unprinted written evidence

Reports from the Public Administration Select Committee since 2001

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