Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th February 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office), Campaigns and Elections Chair

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases accepted for investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman were classed as open in each month since January 2015.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office), Campaigns and Elections Chair

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to move any of the operations carried out by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman outside of London.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office), Campaigns and Elections Chair

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to converge services undertaken by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman with the Local Government Ombudsman.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is independent of Government. It publishes information on staffing and its performance in its Annual Report and Resource Accounts which are laid before Parliament. Operational decisions on the location of PHSO offices are also matters for the Ombudsman and the Hon. Member should write to the Ombudsman on these matters.

The Government published the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill in December 2016, setting out in detail its plans to introduce a new Public Service Ombudsman. The proposals contained in the draft Bill seek to bring together the responsibilities of the current Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman to create a new organisation with strengthened governance and accountability. The Government intends to introduce the Bill when parliamentary time allows. A copy of the draft Bill has been placed in the Library of the House and it can also be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-public-service-ombudsman-bill

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