PASC 03-04 PN 23

Session 2003-04

Press Notice No.23


PASC-the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee-will this Thursday, 18 November, begin taking oral evidence as part of its inquiry into "choice and voice" in public services. A panel of commentators will begin the session at 10.30 am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. Sir Christopher Gent, formerly Chief Executive of Vodafone and now Deputy Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Reform thinktank, will be joined on the panel by Lord (Norman) Blackwell, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies and Philip Collins, Director of the Social Market Foundation. Lord (Roy) Hattersley, former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, will give evidence at 11.30 am. 

On 25th November, also in the Grimond Room, PASC will take further evidence in the same inquiry from Alan Walters, of the "Defend Council Housing" organisation and Dr Tim Brown of De Montfort University (at 9.30 am). They will be followed at 10.30 am by Niall Dickson and James Appleby of the King's Fund health foundation, who will share a panel with James Johnson, Chairman of the BMA Council and Professor Allyson Pollock of University College London. 

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