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British MPs Urge Fewer Govt. Ministers

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TEHRAN, March 11 (ICANA) – Public Administration Committee has urged a drop in the number of ministers and parliamentary aides to decrease government's expenses and “to strengthen Parliament's independence.”
Friday, March 11, 2011 9:17:19 PM
British MPs Urge Fewer Govt. Ministers

The cross-party committee has called for a reduction in the size of the government similar to the planned fall in the number of MPs after 2015.

Following the coalition government's plans to cut costs of politics, the number of UK MPs at the Commons is to fall by 50 to 600 MPs after the 2015 election.

According to UK official rules, governments can have 109 paid ministers, 95 of whom can sit in the House of Commons. Public Administration Committee claimed that government needs to lose eight ministers after the next election and called for a decrease in the size of parliamentary private secretaries (PPSs) from 46 to 26.

The cross-party committee's chairman, Tory MP Bernard Jenkin, said, "During the election, the prime minister promised to 'cut the cost of politics.' The public sector is being asked to do more with less and government ministers should not be exempt from having to revaluate how they work and what they do.”

"Ministers are kept extremely busy in their jobs, but we found they are not always using their time effectively. They should be focusing on key strategic decisions, and delegating more effectively to others,” he added.

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