GICS to face a Commons select committee review

The House of Commons select committee on Public Administration is to hold an inquiry into the Government Information and Communication Service (GICS) later this month.

The House of Commons select committee on Public Administration is

to hold an inquiry into the Government Information and Communication

Service (GICS) later this month.



The inquiry will review the GICS operation in the wake of changes to the

service implemented by the Government in December and the departures of

eight departmental heads of information since the election.



Labour MP Rhodri Morgan, the select committee’s chairman, has confirmed

he will call Alastair Campbell, the Prime Minister’s press secretary, to

appear before the committee. He will also call Mike Granatt, head of the

GICS and Robin Mountfield, the permanent secretary to the Office of

Public Service - part of the Cabinet Office which is responsible for

central Government effectiveness and efficiency.



All three co-authored the Mountfield report, published last December,

which suggested a greater centralisation of communications power at 10

Downing Street.



Morgan said: ’We will conduct a general review of how the GICS is

bedding down after the turbulence of the last year, the roles of career

GICS professionals, people seconded to the GICS who go back to the civil

service after a few months, and special advisers; and how the balance

between Government and the GICS is settling down’.



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