Public Administration Select Committee

Session 2002-03/04

Press Notice No.4


BETTER PUBLIC SERVICES:

HOUSE OF COMMONS COMMITTEE TAKES EVIDENCE IN BRISTOL

League tables for hospitals, schools and police come under the Parliamentary microscope next week in Bristol as a Committee of MP s takes evidence from  people who run the area's public services. The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will hear from senior figures in local government, the NHS, and education on Tuesday December 10 as part of a major inquiry into the effects of targets and tables on the effectiveness of  services.

The Committee, whose Chairman is Tony Wright MP, will make recommendations to the Government about the system of setting targets  in a report to be published early next year. It is keen to talk to those who deliver services about how they affect their work.

Also in Bristol, as part of a separate inquiry,  the Committee will listen on December 9 to testimony from people involved in appointments to local quangoes and bodies such as NHS trusts. The Committee is examining the way these appointments are made, in the light of attacks from critics who say that the system is unfair or fails to attract a wide enough range of applicants. The evidence sessions set out below will be held in the Council House, College Green, Bristol.

Monday 9th December

Public Appointments and Patronage Inquiry

3.30 p.m.
Mr Martin Vegoda, Chair, Bristol Racial Equality Council, Mr John Savage, High Sheriff of Bristol, Mrs Deborah Evans, Chief Executive, Bristol South and West Primary Care Trust and Diane Bunyan, Leader, Bristol City Council

Tuesday 10th December

Public Service Targets Inquiry

2.00 p.m.
Mr Jan Filochowski, Royal United Hospital Bath, Mr Steve Pilkington, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Councillor John Bees, Bristol City Council and Helena Thompson, Head of Best Value, Bristol City Council.

3.00 p.m.
Mr Jonathan Harris, Director of Education for Cornwall

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For further information please telephone Philip Aylett, Clerk of the Committee on 020 7219 3268.  Tony Wright may be contacted for press inquiries on 020 7219 5583.

Publications and evidence, including uncorrected evidence by Government Ministers, is also available on the Internet at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/pubahome.htm 

(Publications appear under 'Select Committee on Public Administration Reports' with 'reports' listed last, after 'uncorrected evidence' and 'oral evidence')

For information regarding forthcoming meetings including venues and times please call the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 (updated daily).