Session 2002-03  

Press Notice No.20


A series of evidence sessions aimed at helping produce a draft Civil Service Bill forms the centrepiece of the November  programme for the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee-PASC. The Committee will be asking a range of witnesses detailed questions about what they think should be included in the Bill, and also seeking the views of those who are sceptical about whether there should be legislation  at all. 

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS, the largest Civil Service union,  and Sir Nigel Wicks, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, will be among those giving evidence, along with Baroness Prashar, the First Civil Service Commissioner.  The Committee intends to publish a report on its discussions, with a draft Bill attached, as soon as possible.

Other sessions will include evidence from the Parliamentary Ombudsman, Ann Abraham.

The full programme as it stands today is set out below.  Further announcements will be made in due  course.

Thursday 6 November

Inquiry: A Civil Service Act

at 9.30 a.m.
Mr Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services Union and Mr Charles Cochrane, Council of Civil Service Unions

Thursday 13 November

Inquiry: A Civil Service Act

at 9.30 a.m.
Mr Jonathan Baume, FDA Union

at c.11.00 a.m.
Mr David Walker, The Guardian

Tuesday 18 November

Inquiry: A Civil Service Act

at 2.15 p.m.
Baroness Prashar CBE, First Civil Service Commissioner

at c. 3.30 p.m.
Sir Nigel Wicks GCB, Committee on Standards in Public Life

Thursday 27 November

Inquiry: The Work of the Ombudsman

at  9.30 a.m.
Ann Abraham, Parliamentary Ombudsman