Press Notice 05, Session 2006-07

   5 December 2006



Thursday 7 December at 10:30 am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.

The Public Administration Select Committee - PASC - is continuing its inquiry into Skills for Government by talking to two noted experts on the field, Colin Talbot and David Walker.

Professor Talbot is Chair of Public Policy and Management at Manchester Business School, while David Walker is the editor of the Guardian’s Public magazine and a regular presenter of Radio Four’s Analysis Programme.

Key questions for the inquiry include: whether the Civil Service recruits the right people and offers them the right training; the impact of efficiency reviews on Civil Service capability; 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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