Letter from the Cabinet Office to the
Clerk of the Committee
GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
Thank you for your letter of 27 November where you
requested information on Committee recommendations relating to
the Cabinet Office where a Government response is outstanding,
or there are other relevant circumstances.
I am not aware of any outstanding recommendations
from Committee reports during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 sessions.
On the Sixth Report of the 1998-99 Session relating to Quangos
I understand that Graham Stringer will be sending a follow-up
For the 1999-00 Session the position on each of the
Committee's reports is:
First Report (The Freedom of Information Bill) -
This is a Home Office responsibility but I note that there were
no explicit recommendations for the Government.
Second Report (Work of the Commissioner for Public
Appointments: Appointments to NHS Trusts and Health Authorities)
- This is a Department of Health responsibility but I understand
that they are working on a response which should be with the Committee
Third Report (Review of the Public Sector Ombudsmen
in England) - The latest position is described in Graham Stringer's
responses to two Parliamentary Questions on 29 November. The Government
is currently considering responses to a consultation document
and hopes to announce its conclusions in the New Year. The Committee's
recommendations are being considered during this process.
Fourth Report (Annual Report of the Parliamentary
Ombudsman) - This report was published on 30 November.
Fifth Report (Administrative Failure: Inherited SERPS)
- This report was published on 23 November and concerns primarily
the Department of Social Security. The Government will be responding
in the New Year.
I hope this is satisfactory but please let me know
if there are any particular recommendations where you would like
further clarification of the position.
15 December 2000