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O'Donnell Defends the Home Office

Magazine article Public Finance

O'Donnell Defends the Home Office

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Breaking up the Home Office would not necessarily make it more effective, Britain's top civil servant warned this week, rejecting claims that an unreformed civil service is to blame for problems across struggling departments.

However, Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell told MPs that the operation of the Home Office, which faced a 'large number of challenges', was subject to two overlapping internal reviews.

These followed the mistaken release of 1,000 foreign prisoners and revelations this week that the department s Immigration and Nationality Directorate has no idea how many illegal immigrants have entered Britain.

Appearing before the Commons public administration select committee on May 16, O'Donnell said that mistakes were made when the Home Office released foreign prisoners and lost track of them.

But he said it was unlikely that the civil servants involved would be sacked or moved on. Tm not clear that there was sufficient direct accountability for that to be appropriate,' he said.

Nor, O'Donnell said, would it be appropriate to restructure the department once again, as has been suggested by backbench MPs and home affairs experts.

The Home Office was recently stripped of its communities responsibilities. …

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