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The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office

Inquiry

The status of the Prime Minister’s Office (“Number 10”) is opaque.

The gov.uk website description says “the office helps the Prime Minister to establish and deliver the government’s overall strategy and policy priorities, and to communicate the government’s policies to Parliament, the public and international audiences.”

Nominally, it is a part of the Cabinet Office, yet it is largely operationally distinct. Its functional relationship with the Cabinet Office is unclear.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into the role and status of Number 10.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Inquiry The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
HC 67
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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10 November 2020
Inquiry The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Witnesses Fiona Hill CBE (Former Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff), Polly Mackenzie (former Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister), Jonathan Powell (Former Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff), Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP (Former Head of No.10 Policy Unit), and Prof Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE (Former Prime Minister’s Director of Policy to the Prime Minister)
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
13 October 2020
Inquiry The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Witnesses Dr Catherine Haddon (Senior Fellow at Institute for Government), Alex Thomas (Programme Director at Institute for Government), and Dr Patrick Diamond (Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London)
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
PMO0003 - The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Witnesses Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PMO0002 - The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Witnesses Dr Mark Bennister (Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Social and Political Sciences, Director, Lincoln Parliamentary Research Centre University of Lincoln)
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
PMO0001 - The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office
Witnesses Dr Andrew Blick (Reader in Politics and Contemporary History and Head of Department of Political Economy at King's College London)
Committees Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

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Contact us

  • Email: pacac@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 3268 (General Enquiries) / 020 7219 8430, 07834 172 099 (Media Enquiries)
  • Address: Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA