PASC 03-04 PN.08

Session 2003-04

Press Notice No. 08


 Issues and questions paper published

PASC - the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee - today asks the public to give its views on the honours system. In a paper issued for consultation as part of its major inquiry into honours, the Committee poses  a number of fundamental  questions about what the system is for and how well it works.

The Committee's 34 questions include:

• Does the United Kingdom need an honours system at all ?

• What should the main function of an honours system be - to recognise distinction, to reward service, to pay tribute to those who best represent the nation's values, or something else ?

• Is the honours system a motivating or demotivating force for public servants ?

• Should there be more openness about the process by which recommendations for honours are produced ?

Responses to the  Issues and Questions Paper should be submitted by 2 April.

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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

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