Public Administration CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Chair of the Liaison Committee (CSR 27)

At the last meeting of the Liaison Committee on 19 June, you raised concerns about the Government’s plans for Civil Service Reform and sought the support of the Committee for the idea of a Parliamentary Commission on the Civil Service, along the lines of the recent Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. It was agreed that I should write to you to express the support of the Committee for this proposal.

I am sure you would agree that additional resources would need to be found to support the work of the Commission, whether from the House of Commons Commission or from the Government, rather than drawing on the resources of existing Select Committees. You may remember that we highlighted this point in our report on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (paragraph 121).

August 2013

Prepared 5th September 2013