Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notices

13 October

PASC TO TAKE EVIDENCE ON UNELECTED MINISTERS FROM JONATHAN POWELL, LORD TURNBULL AND PROFESSOR ANTHONY KING

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week take evidence from Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair, Lord Andrew Turnbull, former Cabinet Secretary, and Professor Anthony King, Professor of Government at the University of Essex, as part of its inquiry into unelected ministers and other appointments from outside Parliament.

The Committee’s inquiry is examining how Prime Ministers have sought to bring greater expertise into government. Issues that the Committee is interested in include:

• The case for and against making more ministerial appointments to the Lords from outside Parliament;

• The constitutional implications of such appointments;

• Whether recent ministerial appointments to the House of Lords have been a success or not;

• Whether such appointees are sufficiently accountable;

• The case for and against appointing “tsars”; and

• The increasing size of government and the role of unpaid ministers.

The session will be held on Thursday 15 October, at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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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Terms of reference for the Committee’s inquiry can be found here