Public Administration Select Committee

12 March 2010


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) met yesterday to agree arrangements for a one-off evidence session on propriety and peerages, as announced by the Chair on 4 March.

Dr Tony Wright MP, PASC Chair, said:

"I announced last week that the Committee would be holding a one-off evidence session on propriety and peerages, to explore the process through which Michael Ashcroft's undertaking of 23 March 2000 to take up 'permanent residence' in the UK as a condition for his introduction into the House of Lords came to be interpreted in subsequent dialogue with the Government as 'long-term residence', with likely consequent tax implications.

"The evidence session will take place next Thursday, 18th March, at 11am. The only confirmed public witness is Sir Hayden Phillips. I understand that Lord Ashcroft intends to respond early next week to the Committee's invitation to give evidence. At the Committee's request, I have also today written to William Hague, to offer him the opportunity to provide his perspective on these events, if he would like to do so.

"The committee has also invited representatives of the former Political Honours Scrutiny Committee to appear, and is expecting to receive written evidence from the Cabinet Office."

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Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chair) (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) (Bridgwater), 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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