18 July 2008
PASC TO HOLD PRE-APPOINTMENT HEARING FOR PROPOSED CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to hold a pre-appointment hearing, its first under the terms agreed earlier this year between the Government and the Liaison Committee. The Committee will be questioning the Prime Minister’s preferred candidate to become the new Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, who is:
Lord Jay of Ewelme, a non-party-political Member of the House of Lords, formerly head of the Diplomatic Service.
The hearing will take place on
Tuesday 22 July at
10.00am in the
The aim of the hearing is to test the candidate’s ability to withstand parliamentary and public scrutiny should they take up the post, and their ability to demonstrate robust independence. Questions are likely to cover the candidate’s professional competence for the post, his personal independence, and his early thoughts about the future direction of the Commission.
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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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