PASC 03-04 PN.04

Session 2003-04

Press Notice No. 04


PASC Welcomes Government Pledge on Civil Service Legislation.

PASC-the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee-today welcomed the Government's pledge to bring forward early civil service legislation.

Cabinet Office Minister Douglas Alexander yesterday promised the House of Commons that a draft bill on the civil service would be presented in the current  Session of Parliament.  Such a move was recommended in a PASC report published earlier this month (HC 128-I)

The Committee Chairman, Tony Wright MP, said:

"We are delighted that the Government has accepted our recommendation so quickly, committing itself to early legislation to protect the values of the civil service.

"This is a crucial step forward and a clear demonstration of the value of the Committee's initiative.  Current concerns demonstrate the importance  of making sure that Parliament plays a central role in maintaining a strong ethical framework for the work of the Civil Service.  We look forward to taking part in the debate on the draft Bill, and hope that Parliament can put in place a robust mechanism, possibly in the form of a joint committee of Lords and Commons, to ensure that the legislation  reaches the statute book as soon as possible.  I hope that this important constitutional advance will be supported right across the political spectrum."

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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

www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/public_administration_select_committee.cfm 

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