Press Notice 34, Session 2005-06

18 April 2006

PASC to question Lord Birt on Strategic Thinking in Whitehall

PASC - the Public Administration Select Committee - will be taking evidence from the Prime Minister's former Strategic Adviser, Lord Birt, as part of its inquiry into 'Governing the Future'. The Committee will be investigating the way in which strategic thinking is carried out in Whitehall, the role of the Centre, and the nature of Lord Birt's work for the Prime Minister.

The evidence session will take place in the Grimond Room in Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1 at 10am on Thursday 20 April.

Full details of the Committee's inquiry can be found at

Note to Editors:

In November 2005 the Committee published a Special Report on the Attendance of the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser before the Public Administration Select Committee (HC 690). The report can be found 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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