Press Notice 39, Session 2005-06

27 April 2006

PASC to take evidence from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

This session gives the opportunity to follow up on several issues raised during evidence taken earlier this year, and to discuss developments in the Ombudsman’s work.  Key areas are likely to be the Ombudsman’s recent report on “Trusting in the Pensions Promise”, where her findings of maladministration were rejected by the Government, developments in the treatment of former civilian internees in the Far East, which were the subject of both an Ombudsman’s report and a Committee report, and the workload of the Ombudsman’s office.  The Committee will be exploring the Government’s apparently increasing readiness to reject the Ombudsman’s findings.

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 2 May in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster, London SW1.

2.30 pm Ann Abraham

Full details of all 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), 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), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Grant Shapps (Con) (Welwyn Hatfield), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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