PASC 03-04 PN01

Session 2003-04

Press Notice No.01

Civil Service Conference Speeches

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) announces the publication of the speeches from the conference 'Reforming the Civil Service while Safeguarding its Values'. The conference took place on Wednesday 29 October 2003 and was jointly organised by PASC, Committee on Standards in Public Life, Civil Service Commissioners, First Division Association and The Constitution Unit, UCL. The conference was organised in response to the Committee's ongoing inquiry, and work, on its own draft Civil Service Bill.  The speeches are available on the Committee's website at the following address, and immediately after the 'What's New' section:

The speeches that are available are: 'Why the Government needs to define the boundaries between Ministers, Civil Servants and Special Advisers' from Sir Nigel Wicks, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, 'The Government's response to the Wicks report' from Sir Andrew Turnbull, KCB CVO, Head of the Home Civil Service, 'One vision of our future: how the boundaries are defined in Canada' from Mel Cappe, High Commissioner for Canada, 'Special Advisers: Myth and Reality' from David Clark, former Special Adviser to Robin Cook and 'What is the legitimate role of Special Advisers? How should they be regulated?' from Andrew Tyrie MP, former Special Adviser to Nigel Lawson. In due course, the speech 'The merit principle and its continuing importance' from Baroness Prashar, DBE, First Civil Service Commissioner, will be available on the Committee website as well.

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