Press Notice 7, Session 2006-07

11 December 2007

CIVIL SERVICE: FIT FOR PURPOSE?

CHARLES CLARKE, NICK RAYNSFORD AND BARONESS SHEPHARD TO APPEAR BEFORE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE

Thursday 14 December at 10:00 am in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.

The Public Administration Select Committee - PASC - is continuing its inquiry into Skills for Government by talking to three former Ministers about Government performance.

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke is appearing alongside Baroness (Gillian) Shephard, the former Conservative Cabinet member, and the long-serving former Minister for Local Government and the Regions, Nick Raynsford.

The evidence session is part of the Committee's "Skills for Government" inquiry, and has two main strands: whether Ministers receive the right training to run their departments, and whether the Civil Service has the right skills to achieve what Ministers want.

Full details, including an Issues and Questions paper are available on the PASC website at: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/public_administration_select_committee/pascsfg.cfm

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), 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), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Grant Shapps (Con) (Welwyn Hatfield), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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