Press Notice 33, Session 2006-07

11 June 2007

PASC announce programme for summer term

PASC - the Public Administration Select Committee - is now able to announce its programme up to July 12, including the next three evidence sessions on Third Sector Commissioning following last Thursday’s session with Turning Point and Rainer.

The inquiry continues tomorrow, with the Committee hearing from Dave Prentis, the General Secretary of Unison, and Rachael Maskell of Unite (formerly Amicus), as well as the CBI’s director of public services, Neil Bentley, and Will Werry of the Commissioning Joint Committee.

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 12 June at 4:00pm in Committee Room 6.

The inquiry will continue with evidence from the Office of the Third Sector, Futurebuilders, the Compact Commissioner, the National Consumer Council, and Barnardo’s.

The Committee will also be holding an evidence session on Tuesday 19 June on confirmation hearings for public appointments, with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Janet Gaymer. The incoming Prime Minister is expected to suggest a formal role for Select Committees in confirming public appointments. This evidence session will consider the benefits and risks of greater Parliamentary involvement.

The Committee can also announce a one-off session on Thursday 12 July with the Charity Commission to discuss their consultation on the definition of “public benefit”. All charities are now legally required to demonstrate public benefit if they are to continue to hold charitable status.

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Tuesday 12 June
Room 6, Committee Corridor

Commissioning public services from the Third Sector

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI; Dave Prentis, Unison; Will Werry, Commissioning Joint Commitee; Rachael Maskell, Amicus

Tuesday 19 June
Room 6, Committee Corridor

Public Appointments: confirmation hearings

Janet Gaymer CBE, Commissioner for Public Appointments; Pam Cooke, Senior Policy Advisor, OCPA

Thursday 5 July

Commissioning public services from the Third Sector

Campbell Robb, Office of the Third Sector; John Stoker, Commissioner for the Compact; Richard Gutch, Futurebuilders

Tuesday 10 July

Commissioning public services from the Third Sector

Martin Narey, Barnardo’s; Ed Mayo, National Consumer Council

Thursday 12 July

Charities and Public Benefit

Dame Suzi Leather, Charity Commission


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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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