06 November 2009
PASC TO HEAR VIEWS OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER ON UNELECTED MINISTERS
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will take evidence from the former Prime Minister,
Sir John Major, on Tuesday 10th November.
Earlier this year Sir John called for a number of reforms to the way governments are appointed. He proposed the appointment of a “small number” of Ministers of State who would not be members of either House of Parliament, but would be accountable to both, and a reduction in the overall number of ministers.
The Committee’s inquiry is examining how Prime Ministers have sought to bring greater expertise into government. Issues of interest to the Committee include:
The constitutional and practical implications of appointing government ministers from outside the Commons;
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 advisers and “tsars”; and
The increasing size of government and the role of unpaid ministers.
The session will be held on
Tuesday 10th November, at
11.00am 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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