Press Notice 21, Session 2006-07

27 March 2007

Committee Welcomes Principles of Good Administration

The Public Administration Select Committee has marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the  Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Parliamentary Ombudsman) by releasing a letter welcoming the Ombudsman's Principles of Good Administration.

The Chairman of the Committee, Dr Tony Wright said:

Forty years ago the Parliamentary Commissioner for Public Administration was a constitutional novelty; the office is now part of the constitutional landscape.  It is a mark of the success of the original ombudsman that the Parliamentary Ombudsman now has colleagues in many sectors, in both public and business life. Parliament's Ombudsman has always investigated complaints of maladministration, and worked to put matters right.  We are delighted that this long experience has been distilled into principles of good administration, designed to help public servants ensure things do not go wrong in future.

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

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