Press Notice 30, Session 2005-06

22 March 2006

PASC to investigate propriety and honours

As part of its current inquiry into ethics and standards in public life PASC-the Public Administration Select Committee-is asking whether the scrutiny of honours and peerages for political service is working. It plans to publish a report within three months.

It will be taking evidence from those close to the events which have been widely reported in recent weeks.

The evidence sessions will take place as follows:

Tuesday 28 March in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, London SW1:

11.30 am Dr Chai Patel and Sir David Garrard

Tuesday 2 May in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster, London SW1:

2.30 pm Lord Levy

Also due to give evidence are Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Lord Stevenson, (House of Lords Appointments Commission). Details of their sessions will be announced in due course.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005.  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 Membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), Julia Goldsworthy (Lib Dem) (Falmouth & Camborne), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Grant Shapps (Con) (Welwyn Hatfield), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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