Press Notice 6, Session 2005-06

PASC Invites Prospective Specialist Advisers

The Public Administration Committee has decided to make the process of appointing Specialist Advisers more transparent by issuing this invitation for individuals with relevant experience or expertise to put their names forward.

Under House of Commons Standing Orders, the Committee is responsible for examining the Reports of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and of the Health Service Commissioners and for considering "matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by civil service departments, and other matters relating to the civil service" As part of this remit, it has taken a close interest in the work of the Cabinet Office. In the past, it has inquired into a wide variety of topics, such as ministerial accountability to Parliament, civil service effectiveness, government appointments, civil service legislation and cross-cutting public policy matters such as target-setting and choice in public services. In the current Parliament, the Committee expects to continue its interest in a wide range of public service issues. It has already announced inquiries into "Governing the Future" and "Politics and Administration: Ministers and civil servants" and is expected to inquire into ethics and standards as well as continuing its scrutiny of civil service performance.

More details of both past and current work can be found through the Committee's homepage: []

The Committee has power to appoint Specialist Advisers who work with the Committee's staff on particular inquiries. Typically, an adviser will work closely with committee staff to provide briefing and papers, and attend some Committee meetings. Depending on the nature of the inquiry, the work required can range from a few hours over a relatively short period, to a larger commitment over a longer time. A small honorarium and expenses are payable.  Advisers are often academics or those with extensive experience and expertise in public service related issues.

Prospective advisers are invited to put their names forward, together with a brief curriculum vitae, or statement of their suitability. If the Committee considers a person might be suitable their details be kept will be kept on file for the current Parliament, so that the Committee has a pool of names to consider. We will inform people whether or not their names will be kept for this purpose. Those considering responding to this notice should also be aware that for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, the House of Commons Administration is a Public Authority and the information it holds will fall within the scope of that Act.

The Committee will be appointing its first advisers in early December. It would be helpful to receive expressions of interest by Friday 25 November.

Responses to this notice should be sent by email to

Or by post to Public Administration Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005.  Its terms of reference are to examine the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsmen, and to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by Civil Service departments, and other matters relating to the Civil Service. The Membership of the Committee is as follows:

Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), Julia Goldsworthy (Lib Dem) (Falmouth & Camborne), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Grant Shapps (Con) (Welwyn Hatfield), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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