Press Notice 41, Session 2005-06

27 April 2006

PASC Inquiry into Propriety and Honours: Programme Update

On 27 March 2006 the Public Administration Select Committee announced a pause into its inquiry into propriety and honours, “to allow the police to tell us whether there is a realistic prospect of charges being brought” in relation to allegations about the sale of peerages. The Committee has arranged to meet the police and CPS, in private, on 15th May for further discussions. It will decide how to proceed (including whether further delay is justified) after those discussions.

If the Committee decides to continue immediately, the programme will be as follows:

Tuesday 16th May

10.00am: Propriety and Honours: Sir Gus O’Donnell (at 10.00) and Lord Stevenson, Lord Hurd (at 11.00)

Tuesday 23rd May

A.M (Time to be confirmed): Propriety and Honours: Lord Levy  and others

Thursday 25th May

10.00am: Propriety and Honours: Witnesses to be confirmed

The Committee expects to be able to make further announcements after the meeting with the police on 15th May, but will be unable to add to this information until that point.

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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