1 April 2008
PASC TO DISCUSS A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO IRAQ
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week take evidence on parliamentary inquiries from
Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Plaid Cymru’s
Adam Price MP, and former Foreign Secretaries
Lord Hurd and
Lord Owen-all advocates of an immediate inquiry into the Iraq war.
PASC proposed in its 2005 report Government by Inquiry that Parliament should be able to set up its own inquiries into important matters involving the conduct and actions of government. The mechanism that PASC suggested for this was through the creation of Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry.
In this session, PASC will explore the scope for establishing a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into Iraq. With the Government resisting setting up such an inquiry for the foreseeable future, the session will consider how desirable and how feasible it would be for Parliament to initiate an inquiry instead.
The evidence session will take place on
Thursday 3 April at 10.00 am 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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