Press Notice 03, Session 2006-07

29 November 2006


Thursday 30 November at 10 am in

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1

The Public Administration Select Committee - PASC - is holding an evidence session on ‘Skills for Government’ on 30 November, when it will be hearing from representatives of three Civil Service trade unions.

The Committee will be questioning Martin Furlong of the FDA, Hugh Lanning of the PCS and Dai Hudd of Prospect 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 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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