PASC 04-05 5

Session 2004-05

Press Notice 5 (revised)


An all-party group of MPs is to question local public service chiefs about their plans to give people more choice in health, housing and education. On Tuesday 18 January the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, chaired by Cannock Chase MP Dr Tony Wright, will take evidence from senior staff from Birmingham City Council, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust and Queensbridge School, Moseley.

The Government and opposition have made choice an important part of their plans for public services. The Committee, which is made up of MPs from all three main parties, has been looking at what this will mean for the future of health, education and other services. Members of the Committee are coming to Birmingham to see how national plans might be put into practice in the City, and what problems might have to be overcome to make them work.  

The session, which will be in public, will take place at the Council House, Birmingham, and will start at 2.15 pm. The witnesses will include:

(at 2.15 ) Housing tenants and Helen Marson, Head of Housing Procurement, Birmingham City Council;

(at 3 pm) Mr Tim Boyes, Head Teacher, Queensbridge School and Mr Tony Howell, Strategic Director of Learning and Culture, Birmingham City Council;

(at 3.45 pm) Representatives of the South Birmingham Primary Care Trust and Mr Peter Hay, Strategic Director, Social Care and Health Directorate, Birmingham City Council.

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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).

NOTE FOR EDITORS: The Committee was nominated on 16 July 2001.  Its terms of reference are to examine the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsmen, and to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by Civil Service departments, and other matters relating to the Civil Service.  The members are:

Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase)
Mr Kevin Brennan (Lab) (Cardiff West)
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North)
Annette Brooke (Lim Dem) (Mid Dorset and Poole North)
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater)
Mrs Anne Campbell (Lab) (Cambridge)
Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle)
Sir Sydney Chapman (Con) (Chipping Barnet))
Hon Michael Tren (Con) (Windsor)
Mr David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne)