PASC 03-04 PN.12

Session 2003-04

Press Notice No.12


Leading figures give evidence on public inquiries, honours and government information

The spring programme for the House of Commons Public  Administration Select Committee-PASC-includes sessions with Lord Hutton, the Lord Chancellor and the Head of the Home Civil Service.

Lord Hutton will give evidence on the future of  public inquiries at 10 a.m on 13 May, while Lord Falconer will appear before the Committee on the same subject at 9.30 a.m on 4 May. Other newly-arranged sessions include one about the honours system with Sir Richard Mottram, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions, who also chairs the science and technology honours sub-committee.  This will take place on 29 April at 9.30 a.m. 

The Editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, will be joined by the Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Sir Christopher Meyer, to discuss the recent Phillis Report on government communications at 9.30 a.m on 25 March.

The current Committee programme is set out below. Venues for the sessions will be made public later.   

Thursday 4 March

Inquiry: Civil Service Issues

at 2.30 p.m. Sir Andrew Turnbull, KCB CVO, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service

Thursday 11 March

Inquiry: The Honours System

at 9.30 a.m. Professor Peter Hennessy, Queen Mary University of London, Professor David Cannadine, Institute of Historical Research and Simon Jenkins, The Times

Thursday 18 March

Inquiry: The Honours System

at 9.30 a.m. Kate Hoey MP and the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, QC

Thursday 25 March

Inquiry: Review of Government Communications

at 9.30 a.m. Sir Christopher Meyer, Chairman, Press Complaints Commission and Paul Dacre, Editor, Daily Mail

Thursday 1 April

Inquiry: The Work of the Cabinet Office

at 2.30 p.m. Sir Andrew Turnbull, KCB CVO, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, Sir David Omand, KCB, Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and Permanent Secretary and Colin Balmer, CB, Managing Director, Cabinet Office

Thursday 29 April

Inquiry: The Honours System

at 9.30 a.m. Sir Richard Mottram, KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Rt Hon Tony Benn, former Member of Parliament (timing to be confirmed)

Tuesday 4 May

Inquiry: Government by Inquiry

at 9.30 a.m. Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor

Thursday 13 May

Inquiry: Government by Inquiry

at 10.00 a.m. Rt Hon Lord Hutton

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For further information please telephone Philip Aylett, Clerk of the Committee on 020 7219 3498.  Tony Wright may be contacted for press inquiries on 020 7219 5583

Publications and evidence, including uncorrected evidence, is also available on the Internet at

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