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Charles Clarke and Michael Howard to give evidence on the accountability of civil servants

Former Home Secretaries Charles Clarke and Lord Howard of Lympne will tomorrow give evidence to the Lords Constitution Committee as part of their inquiry into the accountability of civil servants.

The Committee will question the former ministers on:

  • Whether the convention of individual ministerial responsibility is still the appropriate method of holding the government to account.
  • When and how it might be appropriate for civil servants to be directly accountable to Parliament.
  • Whether ministers should have any influence on civil service appointments and disciplinary procedures against civil servants, including dismissal. 
  • The role of special advisors and how ministers can be held accountable for their behaviour.

The evidence session will take place at 10.15am, on Wednesday 13 June in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.