This report from the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) responds to the Government's consultation on the Draft Cabinet Manual. PASC welcomes the Manual, and dismisses the notion that it represents the start of a written constitution. Instead it recommends a number of improvements to ensure it meets its primary purpose as a comprehensive and authoritative guide to government practice for ministers and civil servants. The Committee recommends that the Cabinet Manual should be clear about its aim; be fully and comprehensively referenced; and distinguish more clearly the legal or other status of the information. As such PASC also suggests that the name Cabinet Manual is potentially misleading and should be changed to better reflect its contents and objectives.In its foreword the draft Cabinet Manual says that it aquot;is a statement of the arrangements as they are on the date of publicationaquot;. 41 It goes ... Similarly paragraph 105 summarises the 1946 a#39;Rama#39; doctrine about the exercise of ministerial power.
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-04-01|