Monday 21 April 2008
PASC TAKES FIRST LOOK AT ‘CONSTITUTIONAL RENEWAL’ PROPOSALS
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has called two evidence sessions for a first examination in public of proposals put forward in the Government’s Draft Bill and White Paper on Constitutional Renewal.
The Committee will look at those areas which it has covered in the past. The proposals to put the Civil Service on a statutory footing will be a focus. But the Committee will also examine issues around the “prerogative powers”, especially treaties and war powers. The Committee has itself published its own draft legislation in these areas.
The Committee has arranged these sessions at speed, as it is proposed to set up a specially constituted Joint Committee to examine the draft bill in the near future.
In the first of two sessions on
Thursday 24 April at 10.00 am in the Thatcher Room in Portcullis House the Committee will hear from Janet Paraskeva, the First Civil Service Commissioner, and at 10.45 am constitutional experts Professor Peter Hennessy, Sir Robin Mountfield KCB and Professor Robert Blackburn.
In the second session on
Tuesday 29 April 3.15 pm in Committee Room 15 in the Palace of Westminster the Committee will hear from Cabinet Office Minister Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP and the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell KCB, and at 4.30 pm from Michael Wills MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice.
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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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