27 March 2006
INQUIRY INTO THE SCRUTINY OF POLITICAL HONOURS
At a private meeting today, the Public Administration Select Committee discussed the possible effect of public hearings into political honours on current police investigations. Members affirmed the right of Parliament to hold hearings on this matter. However, to avoid any risk of prejudicing future court proceedings, the Committee decided not to hold tomorrow’s evidence session.
The Committee said:
This inquiry is not being discontinued. We have decided, after hearing representations from the police and advice from Speaker’s Counsel, to postpone the session scheduled for tomorrow. At this stage, the police were unable to confirm the duration or scope of their inquiry. We have told them that we will return to this in a matter of weeks.
The Committee’s Third Special Report, published tonight, gives more details.
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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