Public Administration Select Committee: Inquiry

The Publication of Political Memoirs

PASC calls for new system for handling political memoirs

Report | Oral and written evidence | Government Response

The recent spate of diaries published by former advisers to the Prime Minister reignited the debate about the trust owed by those in positions of influence at the time of significant political events. PASC looked at whether diary-keeping is threatening the quality of decision-making and what rules should govern publication of diaries and memoirs.

05 August 2008
PASC Report: FORMER MANDARINS SHOULD BE BOUND BUT NOT GAGGED BY RULES ON PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS
Link to Report


Minutes of evidence:

Wednesday 29 March 2006, Corrected transcript
Witness: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Foreign Secretary

Thursday 16 March 2006, Corrected transcript
Witness: Rt Hon Tony Benn.

Thursday 19 January 2006, Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG; Lord Lawson of Blaby, a Member of the House of Lords, Lord Owen CH, a Member of the House of Lords, and Clare Short, a Member of the House.

Thursday 15 December 2005: Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Lord Turnbull KCB CVO, a Member of the House of Lords; Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG; and Mr Lance Price.

Thursday 17 November 2005: Corrected transcript
Witnesses: Lord Wilson of Dinton, GCB, a Member of the House of Lords, and Professor Peter Hennessy, FBA, Queen Mary, University of London.

Press notices:

5 August 2008
Publication of Committee Report (Mandarins Unpeeled: Memoirs and Commentary by Former Ministers and Civil Servants)

24 July 2006
PASC calls for new system for handling political memoirs

20 July 2006
PASC to publish its interim report on the publication of political memoirs

28 March 2006
PASC to question Foreign Secretary on Diplomats' memoirs

8 March 2006
New date for PASC evidence session with the Foreign Secretary announced

6 March 2006
Session with Rt Hon Jack Straw MP and Rt Hon Tony Benn postponed

1 March 2006
PASC to question Foreign Secretary on Diplomats' memoirs

12 January 2006
PASC questions retired Iraq envoy and former Cabinet Ministers on the publication of memoirs

12 December 2005
PASC to question Sir Christopher Meyer, Lance Price, and Lord Turnbull on the Publication of Political Memoirs

24 November 2005
PASC seeks views on the rules governing the Publication of Political Memoirs

11 November 2005
Former Downing Street advisers to be quizzed by PASC on memoirs