The government has too many ministers says admin committee

June 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

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The Public Administration Select Committee has published an examination of government in Britain that concludes there should be fewer ministers.

It drew on the committee’s “wide-ranging work over the past ten years to set out principles for good government.”

Although their report concludes that many aspects of Britain’s “governing structures and principles” work well, there are also “significant features of Britain’s political system that inhibit good government.”

The PASC concluded there are “too many ministers and a political culture too focused on responding to media demands.

“This has resulted in an excessive number of initiatives being launched and laws being introduced, which in turn reduces government’s ability to decide and follow a clear and consistent direction.

“PASC urges government to place less emphasis on responding to short-term political pressures and instead urges a stronger focus on ensuring good basic administration in government.”

Tony Wright MP, chair of the committee, said:

“Now more than ever, there needs to be a wholesale change in the political culture to arrest the decline of public trust in government.

“Recent scandals about MPs’ expenses are the most obvious manifestation of this. But there are wider issues affecting government in Britain that need to be addressed.

“In thinking about the nature of good government, we have gone back to first principles to propose a number of reforms to how Britain is governed.

“These are designed to encourage tighter, more focused government, and a stronger emphasis on achieving good basic administration and high standards in public life.

“At present, the Government is considering various constitutional and political reforms to restore the credibility of Britain’s governing institutions.

“Key among them should be our reform proposals, based on the principles we set out for achieving good government.”

Click here to read the report.

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