Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

Embargo: Immediate Friday 30 May 2008
Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659

JOINT COMMITTEE ON DRAFT CONSTITUTIONAL RENEWAL BILL ANNOUNCE WITNESS SCHEDULE

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill have today announced the remaining schedule of witnesses due to give oral evidence to the Committee in June and July.

The Committee announced the scope of their inquiry on the 12 May and have already taken oral evidence from former military Chiefs of Staff as well as journalists and constitutional experts on two issues in the Draft Bill and White Paper (War Powers and Treaties). The Committee are looking in detail at four further aspects of the Draft Bill:

  • Protests in Parliament Square

  • Reform of the role of the Attorney General

  • Reforms to the system of Judicial Appointments

  • Accountability of the Civil Service to Parliament.

The Committee will hear evidence from a range of witnesses across these four areas including current and former Government Ministers, senior civil servants, London’s Deputy Mayor responsible for policing and Parliamentary officials. The Committee’s final evidence session will be with Justice Secretary Jack Straw on Tuesday 1 July.

The full run down of witnesses due to appear in June and July is:

TUESDAY 3 JUNE
At 1.45pm

  • Gareth Crossman, Director of Policy, Liberty

  • Mike Schwarz, Partner, Bindmans

  • Baroness Mallalieu QC, President, Countryside Alliance

  • Mr Milan Rai (to be confirmed)

WEDNESDAY 4 JUNE
At 4.15pm

  • Baroness Usha Prashar CBE, Chairman, Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)

  • Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC DBE, JAC Commissioner

  • Jonathan Sumption OBE QC, JAC Commissioner

At 5.00pm

  • Chris Allison, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

  • Dean Ingledew, Director of Community Protection, Westminster City Council

  • Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Greater London Authority

TUESDAY 10 JUNE
At 1.45pm

  • Jonathan Baume, General Secretary, FDA

  • Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Service Union

  • Charles Cochrane, Secretary, CCSU (to be confirmed)

At 2.30pm

  • Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

  • Sir Christopher Foster, Chairman, Better Government Initiative

  • Sir Richard Mottram, Better Governance Initiative

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE
At 4.15pm

  • Professor Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary University of London

  • Lord Wilson of Dinton (Cabinet Secretary 1998-2002)

  • Lord Turnbull of Enfield (Cabinet Secretary 2002-05)

At 5.00pm

  • Dr Malcolm Jack, Clerk of the House of Commons

  • Mr Michael Pownall, Clerk of the House of Lords

  • Black Rod

  • Serjeant at Arms

TUESDAY 17 JUNE
At 1.45pm

  • Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State, Home Office

At 2.30pm

  • Janet Paraskeva, First Civil Service Commissioner

  • Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service

WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE
At 4.15pm

  • Lord Lyell of Markyate

  • Lord Morris of Aberavon

  • Lord Mayhew of Twysden

At 5.00pm

  • Lord Carlile of Berriew

  • Professor Jeremy Horder, Criminal Commissioner, Law Commission

TUESDAY 24 JUNE
At 1.45pm

  • Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Attorney General

  • Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions

  • Richard Alderman, Director, Serious Fraud Office

  • David Green QC, Director, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

At 2.45pm

  • Lord Goldsmith (to be confirmed)

TUESDAY 1 JULY
At 4.15pm

  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Notes to Editors

  1. Evidence sessions will take place in Committee Rooms in the Committee Corridor of the House of Lords. Members of the public and journalists wishing to attend a session should enter Parliament via the Visitor Centre at St Stephen's entrance.

  2. For further information on the Committee, including a full list of members and transcripts of previous evidence sessions please see: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/jcdcrb.cfm