PASC 03-04/03

Press Notice

Session 2003-04/03


Committee's programme also includes Government Information Review head

Professor Colin Blakemore FRS, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, will give oral evidence on the honours system to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee on Tuesday 13 January at 9.30 in Committee Room 8 in the House. Professor Blakemore is a member of a sub-committee which plays a role in making recommendations for honours.

Professor Sir David King FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, will give evidence to the same inquiry, on Thursday 5 February. In addition, The Rt Hon. Lord Thomson of Monifieth, Chairman of the Honours Scrutiny Committee, will appear before the Committee on the same subject on Thursday 26 February. The rooms for these latter sessions, which will also start at 9.30, will be announced in due course.

The Committee has already taken evidence from a number of witnesses on the honours system, as part of its overall inquiry into ministerial powers and the prerogative. The sessions announced today form part of a new separate inquiry into honours. Other witnesses will be announced in due course.

PASC's future programme also includes

-- Evidence from Maurice Frankel, Director of The Campaign for Freedom of Information, Mr David Hencke of The Guardian and others (Thursday 15 January from 9.30)

-- An evidence session with Mr Bob Phillis, Chairman of the Government's review of its information (Thursday 22 January at 9.30)

-- Evidence on the health service complaints system from the charity Action Against Medical Accidents, the Consumers' Association, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer and Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (Thursday 29 January from 9.30)

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For further information please telephone Philip Aylett, Clerk of the Committee on 020 7219 3498

Tony Wright may be contacted for press inquiries on 020 7219 5583

Publications and evidence, including uncorrected evidence, is also available on the Internet at 

For information regarding forthcoming meetings including venues and times please call the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 (updated daily).