Press Notice 22, Session 2007-08

26 February 2008


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will continue its practice of meeting new holders of important regulatory posts this week, by taking evidence from the new Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests, Sir Philip Mawer. Sir Philip was until recently the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Sir Philip’s job is to advise on ministers’ interests, and also to investigate alleged breaches of the Ministerial Code. PASC has called in the past for an independent investigator of ministerial misconduct. This hearing will be Sir Philip’s first public appearance in his new post, and will give MPs the chance to ask how he intends to go about the job, and whether he will be in a position to act truly independently.

The evidence session will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 28 February in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

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Committee Membership: 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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