Press Notice 20, Session 2005-06

6 February 2006

PASC to take evidence from Baroness Prashar and Sir Patrick Brown on Politicisation of the Public Service and Ethics

This Thursday PASC - the Public Administration Select Committee - will be taking evidence in public on its inquiry into Politics and Administration: Ministers and Civil Servants from Baroness Prashar CBE, former First Civil Service Commissioner and subsequently from Sir Patrick Brown KCB on his recent report on the Business Appointment rules for civil servants.

Baroness Prashar was First Civil Service Commissioner from 2000-2006.  This session gives the Committee the opportunity to invite her to reflect on her time in the post, and to look at future issues such as: How should responsibility be divided between Ministers and Administrators? What are her views on the new Civil Service Code?

Sir Patrick Brown reviewed the rules on post-employment for former civil servants, proposing a radical simplification of the current arrangements.  His report did not consider the similar rules which apply to ex Ministers.

The evidence session will take place on Thursday 9 February in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.

10am    Baroness Prashar CBE

approx 11am    Sir Patrick Brown KCB

Full details of the Committee’s inquiries can be found on the PASC website at


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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