PASC questions retired Iraq envoy and former Cabinet Ministers on the publication of memoirs
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK Ambassador to the United Nations and former special representative to Iraq will give evidence to PASC, the Public Administration Select Committee, next Thursday, as the Committee’s inquiry into the publication of political memoirs continues. Greenstock’s book, The Cost of War, has not yet been published. The Committee will also be taking evidence from three former Cabinet ministers, Clare Short, Lord Lawson and Lord Owen, all of whom have published their memoirs. The Committee will be considering whether the rules regarding the publication of memoirs need changing in light of the recent spate of diaries and memoirs published by former spin doctors, diplomats and ministers.
The evidence session will take place on Thursday 19 January in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.
10am: Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG
at approx 11am: Rt Hon Lord Lawson of Blaby, Rt Hon Lord Owen, Rt Hon Clare Short MP
Full details of the Committee’s inquiry can be found on the PASC website at
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NOTE FOR EDITORS: Lord Lawson's The View from No. 11: Memoirs of a Tory Radical was published in 1992. Lord Owen's Time to Declare was published in 1991. Clare Short published An Honourable Deception? New Labour, Iraq and the Misuse of Power in 2004.