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MPs Slate Fast Turnover of Ministers

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Slate Fast Turnover of Ministers

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Whitehall departments are underperforming because ministers are not remaining in post long enough to see through their policies, MPs said last week.

Two studies, by the Commons' communities & local government and transport select committees, are the latest in a series to criticise the high turnover of ministers.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has had three secretaries of state, three local government ministers and four housing ministers since it was established in 2006, according to a March 5 report by the CLG committee.

Chair Phyllis Starkey noted that the department had *yet to become the kind of "big hitter" it needs to be within Whitehall... It cannot help that officials serve an average tenure of just nine months and that, so far, senior ministers have remained in post for barely a year.'

The committee appealed to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to 'take great account ofthe prerequisites for effective government when conducting ministerial reshuffles'.

A separate report, released by the transport committee on March 4, noted that there had been five transport secretaries in the past five years. …

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