Press Notice 37, Session 2006-07

18 June 2007


There have been repeated calls for the UK Parliament to have some say over public appointments. In 2003, PASC recommended that Committees should have a right to trigger the re-opening of a competition for key appointments; more recently both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Conservative Democracy Task Force have suggested some role for committee hearings. PASC will explore these issues with Janet Gaymer, Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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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), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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