Press Notice 16, Session 2006-07

01 March 2007

PASC to quiz Hilary Armstrong on ministerial performance

PASC - the Public Administration Select Committee - is taking evidence from Hilary Armstrong, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Social Exclusion and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, at 3.15pm on Tuesday 6 March in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

Hilary Armstrong is one of a number of ministers who are working on building a full professional development programme for ministers. While such skills development programmes are long established for civil servants and for leaders in the public, private and third sectors, they are not the norm for ministers - a situation which Mrs Armstrong has described as increasingly anomalous. The Committee is currently inquiring into what skills are required to be a minister, and whether the right arrangements (such as formal training) are in place for ministers to get those skills. The session may also examine any other areas of the work of the Cabinet Office.

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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), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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