Press Notice 9, Session 2005-06


PASC-the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee-will this Thursday, 24 November, take oral evidence on the implications of ID cards for public services. A diverse panel will give evidence at 10.00 am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. Professor Patrick Dunleavy, one of the authors of the LSE’s critical report on the Government’s proposals, will be joined on the panel by Richard Tyndall, programme manager of the National Smartcard Project and Tony Collins, executive editor of Computer Weekly. 

The debate on the Government’s proposals for Identity Cards has tended to centre on questions of civil liberties, costs and national security. Less well examined are the government’s claims for public service delivery and the way smart card technology is increasingly being applied in the provision of local services.  This initial evidence session will  explore these wider issues with experts in the field.


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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