Lobby briefing: Tony Wright MP, chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee

Wright on his review into service delivery by voluntary organisations

Why have you launched an enquiry into third sector public service provision?

The PASC scrutinises the work of the Cabinet Office. Now there's a minister for the third sector at the Cabinet Office, this subject comes under our domain. I hope this will be the start of a series of studies from us on aspects of third sector work.

From whose perspective will you be judging third sector provision?

We will be asking whether this is a useful and effective way of providing public services for people who commission them, for people who use them and for the sector itself.

What's the deadline for written evidence?

We have asked to receive this by 19 February.

You say you want to hear from groups that don't usually respond. Do you mean small charities?

Yes. We need to ask whether this is something that involves only big third sector organisations that are equipped to take on some of the work we are talking about, or if it would extend right through the sector.

What would be the implications of doing that? Would small charities be equipped to run public services? Is it something they want to do? Another question is whether the arrangements that would exist for smaller groups would be the same as for some of the bigger organisations.

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