Committee launches inquiry into the Comprehensive Spending Review

20 October 2010

The inquiry will span several evidence sessions and witnesses will include among others, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, former Cabinet Secretary Lord Turnbull and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The evidence sessions will begin on Thursday 28 October (morning), and continue intensively in the week commencing 1 November. At present evidence is planned for Monday 1 November (afternoon) and Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 November (mornings).


Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

“Parliament and the public need to be reassured that these very difficult decisions about cuts to jobs and services are being made the fairest possible way. The Treasury Committee will therefore be starting an urgent, in-depth inquiry into the Comprehensive Spending Review next week


The inquiry will be the most wide-ranging the Committee has undertaken on a spending review. We will be scrutinising in particular precisely how the Treasury and the star-chamber determined departmental settlements and the impact of ring-fencing on this process. I am very pleased Andrew Turnbull has agreed to give evidence to begin our inquiry.


Over the next two weeks, we will hear from a range of experts and interested parties in the field, as well as from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Chancellor himself.”

The first evidence session will take place as follows:

Thursday 28 October, 9.45am, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House 


  • Lord Turnbull KCB 

Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

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