Lords hear from constitutional experts

27 June 2012

The House of Lords Constitution Committee hear from a number of constitutional experts, including Peter Riddell and Lord Hennessy, as part of their inquiry into the accountability of Civil Servants

The Committee will question the witnesses on the ways in which civil servants are held accountable.

Areas expected to be covered include whether a distinction should be made between ministerial accountability and ministerial responsibility, as was suggested by former Home Secretary Lord Howard of Lympne in his evidence to the Committee.

The witnesses are also likely to be asked about proposals from the Government that Ministers should be able to choose from a shortlist of names when filling vacancies for Permanent Secretaries in their departments.


Wednesday 27 June, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform
  • Alexandra Runwick, Unlock Democracy
  • Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE, Institute for Government

At 11.15am

  • Professor Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Attlee Professor of Cotemporary British History, QMUL
  • Professor Colin Talbot, Professor of Government and Public Administration, Manchester Business School.
  • Dr Andrew Blick, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, Kings College London.      

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