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Public Service Forum

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) who the members of the Public Service Forum are; (250327)

(2) on what dates the Public Service Forum has met; and what the criteria for determining its membership are.

The Public Services Forum (PSF) was formed in 2003 to improve dialogue between Government, public service employers and trade unions. It has met three times a year until 2008 when this was increased to four times a year.

There is no fixed ‘membership’ of the PSF; the ministerial chair invites employers and trade union representatives in roughly equal numbers to engage in dialogue with the Government on public service work force issues. Representatives are sent from the CBI, Business Services Association, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations are also invited to attend some meetings.