Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notices

21 April 2009


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to hold a one-off hearing with four of the people involved in deciding who should be recommended for honours. Following a major report on the subject by PASC, the mechanics of the honours system were revised in 2005, making the processes more transparent and accountable, and giving a greater role to people other than civil servants in deciding who to recommend for honours. A report on the first three years of the operation of the new system was published last year (

The session will be held on Thursday 23 April, at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. The witnesses will be:

• Dame Alexandra Burslem DBE, Chair of the Education Honours Committee, and former Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University

• Sir John Parker, Chairman of the Economy Honours Committee, and Chairman of National Grid plc

• Dame Steve Shirley DBE, Member of the Economy Honours Committee, a veteran of the pre-2005 honours system, and Life President of Xansa plc

• Denis Brennan, Head of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat, Cabinet Office

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Committee Membership: 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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