20 October 2009
PASC TO TAKE EVIDENCE ON UNELECTED MINISTERS FROM LORD ADONIS, LORD WEST AND LORD DARZI
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week take evidence from Lord Andrew Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Alan West, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Lord Ara Darzi, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and the Government’s Health and Life Sciences Ambassador.
The Committee’s inquiry is examining how Prime Ministers have sought to bring greater expertise into government. Issues that the Committee is interested in include:
The case for and against making more ministerial appointments to the Lords from outside Parliament;
The constitutional implications of such appointments;
Whether recent ministerial appointments to the House of Lords have been a success or not;
Whether such appointees are sufficiently accountable;
The case for and against appointing “tsars”; and
The increasing size of government and the role of unpaid ministers.
The session will be held on
Thursday 22 October, at
10.00am in the
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.
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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