Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 10 March 2009

Pre-Appointment Hearing

Pre-Appointment Hearing with Sir Michael Pitt, Chair-designate of the Infrastructure Planning Commission

The Communities and Local Government Committee will be holding a pre-appointment hearing with, Sir Michael Pitt, the Government's preferred candidate for Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission on Monday 16 March 2009 at around 4.40 pm.

The evidence session will be a pre-appointment hearing for the Committee to examine the professional competence and personal independence of the Government's preferred candidate, Sir Michael Pitt. This is in line with the Government's recommendations made in July 2007 in the Green Paper on The Governance of Britain proposing the scrutiny of certain public appointments by select committees. The Committee may also be expected to question Sir Michael on his plans for the establishment and future direction of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, in a Committee Room at the House of Commons. All members of the public entering the Palace of Westminster are subject to security search, so please allow time for this.


Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab), Neil Turner MP (Lab), David Wright MP (Lab).

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