Improve the Cabinet Office Principles! – The Institute presents evidence to the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee investigating the new Cabinet Office engagement and consultation Principles
It’s probably true to say that we were all taken by surprise when the Cabinet Office suddenly produced its new set of Principles in July. The Institute certainly was not aware … and we are yet to meet any of the Whitehall Departmental Consultation Co-ordinators who had advance notice.
But, in hindsight, there were many telltale signs, and it has been clear for a long time that Ministers and Civil Servants were uncomfortable with what they saw as an over-bureaucratic process – and were incensed at having lost some judicial reviews.