Select committee overseeing scrutiny of official statistics renamed

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The remit of the UK government's cross-party Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has been widened, and its name has been changed to reflect this.

Chaired by the former PASC chair, Bernard Jenkin (pictured left), the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) will examine constitutional issues as well as the quality and standards of administration within the Civil Service. It will also scrutinise the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The committee's principal work will be undertaking inquiries by taking evidence from relevant groups and individuals, and producing reports to set out its findings and make recommendations to the government. 

PASC was responsible for several inquiries into statistics and their use in government. A summary of the work carried out in this area over the last parliament (2010-2015) is detailed on the government's parliament website, where it also outlines areas to focus on in future. StatsLife has also reported on the outcomes of a number of these inquiries, which covered areas such as statistics in migration, crime and economics as well as the decennial census.

The Royal Statistical Society has written to the PACAC chair to outline some of the priorities detailed in its Data Manifesto. It is also writing to other relevant committees, including the new Science and Technology Committee chair, Nicola Blackwood MP.

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