Liaison Committee questions the Prime Minister

12 March 2013

The Liaison Committee will take evidence from Prime Minister David Cameron at 4pm on Tuesday 12 March, continuing the Committee's regular questioning of the Prime Minister.


At 4pm on Tuesday 12 March, in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

  • Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister 


On this occasion the questioning will focus on two themes as follows:

  • Protecting the public: the Government’s role and accountability; and
  • Developments in Syria and North and West Africa

These topics are expected to include questions on the following issues:

Protecting the public: the Government's role and accountability

  • Food quality:  lessons from the horsemeat scandal; the role of the Food Standards Agency; testing capacity; the responsibilities of departmental chief scientific advisers; food prices and food poverty.
  • Railways: lessons from the InterCity West Coast franchise competition; Government policy on franchising; rolling stock and private sector finance.
  • Accountability:  Civil Service performance and the capacity to learn from failures; accountability for major projects; the role of No. 10.

Developments in Syria and North and West Africa

  • The situation in Syria: the UK's diplomatic response and the supply of non-lethal equipment, and multilateral relief for the humanitarian crisis.
  • The situation in Mali and its surrounding region: diplomatic approaches, and the UK's deployment of UK Armed Forces to assist military training; the terrorist threat.
  • The Sahel: development issues and women's rights.

The session will be chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP and is also likely to involve the following Select Committee Chairs:

  • Dame Anne Begg MP, Work and Pensions
  • Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, International Development
  • James Duddridge MP, Regulatory Reform
  • Louise Ellman MP, Transport
  • Margaret Hodge MP, Public Accounts
  • Bernard Jenkin MP, Public Administration
  • Anne McIntosh MP, EFRA
  • Andrew Miller MP, Science and Technology
  • Richard Ottaway MP, Foreign Affairs

The evidence session is expected to last for up to one and a half hours.
The Liaison Committee is made up of the Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees.

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