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MPs are launching an investigation into the government's plans for public service reform with an 'issues and questions' paper on the impact of private sector involvement on the public service ethos.

The Commons public administration select committee is also set to hear evidence from trade union leaders, academics and industry figures. The 32 questions - published to encourage written evidence - include: 'How do we know if public service reform is effective?' and 'Is it possible for profit-oriented organisations to maintain the public service ethos?' The committee indicates that there is 'conflicting evidence as to whether the public is in favour of private sector involvement' and asks contributors for their views on 'the truth about public attitudes'.