Press Notice 60, Session 2005-06

9 October 2006

PASC to take first evidence on Civil Service Skills

The Public Administration Select Committee - PASC - is holding its first evidence session on ‘Skills for Government’ at 10am on 12 October when it will be hearing from two members of the Cabinet Office’s Corporate Development Group. 

The Committee will be questioning Gill Rider (Director General of Leadership and People Strategy) and Anne-Marie Lawlor (Director of Leadership and Development) on whether enough is being done to ensure that the right skills are represented within the civil service.

Key questions for the inquiry include: whether the civil service operates the right recruitment and training policies to enable it to deliver policies and services effectively; the importance of leadership in the senior civil service; and how poor performance by civil servants is dealt with.The inquiry was launched in July 2006.  Full details, including an Issues and Questions paper are available on the PASC website at:

The evidence session will take place on Thursday 12 October at 10am and will take place in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.


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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