Civil Service Reform

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 3:48 pm on 19th June 2012.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth and Dearne 3:48 pm, 19th June 2012

The Minister said that there was nothing dramatic in his plans. Is it not time for a bigger reform than one that simply involves the appointment of permanent secretaries? Should not a change of Government mean a change at the top of those agencies delivering the most important parts of the new Government’s programme? Perhaps we should consider a system closer to that of the United States, in which Ministers would propose appointments which would then be confirmed or rejected at hearings in this House. Those who were appointed would then, like Ministers, be publicly accountable as well as directly accountable to Parliament.