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Sessional Returns Session 1999-2000 - Contents


B. SELECT COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE, WORK, PUBLICATIONS ETC

25. Public Administration

The Committee was nominated on 16 July 1997.
It had 11 Members and held 41 meetings.



Members
Meetings attended

Wright, Dr Tony (Chairman)
38
Bradley, Mr Peter (discharged, 20.1.00)
0
Browne, Mr Desmond (discharged, 3.3.00)
10
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
15
Jones, Ms Helen (discharged, 9.2.00)
4
Lepper, Mr David (added, 20.1.00)
26
McFall, Mr John (added, 3.3.00)
17
Moran, Ms Margaret (discharged, 14.2.00)
0
Oaten, Mr Mark
17
Shepherd, Mr Richard (discharged, 1.2.00)
3
Soames, Mr Nicholas (discharged, 18.1.00)
0
Townend, Mr John (added, 18.1.00)
5
Trend, Mr Michael (added, 1.2.00)
23
Turner, Dr George (added, 14.2.00 and discharged, 30.3.00)
3
Turner, Mr Neil (added, 9.2.00)
23
Tyrie, Mr Andrew
21
White, Mr Brian
34
Wright, Mr Anthony D (added, 30.3.00)
15

Overall attendance:
56.3 %
Number of Members added:
7
Number of Members discharged:
7
Turnover of membership during the Session:
64 %

Staff
Clerk of the Committee: Ms Alda Barry, Deputy Principal Clerk (Senior Structure Band 2).
Committee Specialist: Mr Christopher Carrington (Band B1) (from 5.6.00).
Committee Assistant: Ms Clare Genis, Higher Executive Officer (Band B2 ) (from 17.11.99).
Secretary: Dr Devra Kay, Secretary (Band D1) (until 21.12.99); Ms Jenny Cowan, Secretary (Band D1) (from 10.1.00).

Specialist Advisers during the Session
Professor Vivien Lowndes and Professor Patrick Dunleavy.

Witnesses

Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:
     Number of appearances by:
          Cabinet Ministers 1
          Other Ministers 3
     Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of
          Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food 1
          Cabinet Office 9
          Home Office (Immigration and Nationality Directorate) 3
          Department of Social Security 5
          public bodies and non-Ministerial departments 2
               comprising: Audit Commission 2
                Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments 1
     Members of Parliament 8
     Appearances by other witnesses 70


The following officials also attended meetings of the Committee:
Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman 7
Miss Hilary Scottt, Deputy Health Service Ombudsman 2
Mr John Avery, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman 2
Mr Noel Cleary, Director, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration 2


Overseas Visits
None.

Visits to European Institutions
None.

UK Visits
None.

Reports and Minutes of Evidence

Title
HC No. (1999-2000)
Date of publication
No. of pages
Sale price
Government reply
First Report: The Freedom of Information Bill
78
3.12.99
16
£4.30
Not required
Second Report: Work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments: Appointments to NHS Trusts and Health Authorities
410
19.7.00
61
£10.60
Awaited
Third Report: Review of Public Sector Ombudsmen in England
612
8.8.00
52
£9.70
Not required
Fifth Report: Administrative Failure: Inherited SERPS
433
23.11.00
73
£11.50
Awaited
Fourth Report: Annual Report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman
106
30.11.00
45
£9.70
Awaited
First Special Report: Government Response to the Sixth Report of Session 1998-99, Quangos
317
14.3.00
15
£4.00
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Modernising Government Initiative
40-i
6.1.00
14
£4.00
Not applicable
Minutes of Evidence: The Government Information and Communication Service
511-i
16.8.00
17
£4.75
Not applicable

Government replies to Reports for Session 1998-99
Reply to the Committee's Sixth Report: Quangos, published as the Committee's First Special Report, HC 317 (14.3.00).

Minutes of Proceedings
The Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee for Session 1998-99 were published on 3.2.00 as HC 913, Session 1998-99. The Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee for Session 1999-2000 will be published as HC 792 , Session 1999-2000. The Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee for the sitting on 28.6.00 were published on 7.7.00 as HC 647, Session 1999-2000.

Divisions

Date
Subject
28.6.00One, on Question, That publicly funded financial assistance to opposition parties falls within the Committee's orders of reference, and that the matter be included in the inquiry into Special Advisers.
12.7.00Four, on Amendments proposed to Chairman's draft Report on Appointments to NHS Bodies: Report of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Debates
The following Reports were debated in Westminster Hall:

Sixth Report, Session 1998-99, Quangos, 16.3.2000

The following Reports were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in the House:

Third Report, Session 1998-99, Freedom of Information draft Bill, Fifth Special Report, Session 1998-99, Response to the Third Report,
Fifth Report, Session 1998-99, Freedom of Information draft Bill: The Committee's response to the Home Office reply, and
First Report, Session 1999-2000, The Freedom of Information Bill, on the debate on Second Reading of the Freedom of Information Bill, 7.12.99

The following Minutes of Evidence were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in Westminster Hall:

Minutes of Evidence, 23 November 1999, HC40-i, on The Modernising Government Initiative, on a Government Motion for the Adjournment, Modernising Government White Paper, 9.12.99

Oral Evidence
Oral evidence was taken at 35 of the Committee's 41 meetings. On none of these occasions was evidence taken partly or wholly in private.

Inquiry
No. of oral evidence sessions
Administrative Failure: Inherited SERPS
4
Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman †*
2 [ one of these sessions also covered Parliamentary Ombudsman matters]
Annual Report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman †
2 [one of these sessions also covered Health Service Ombudsman matters]
Work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments: Appointments to NHS Trusts and Health Authorities
2
The Government Information and Communications Service
1
Innovations in Citizen Participation in Government*
10
Making Government Work *
8
The Ministerial Code *
2
The Modernising Government Initiative
1
Public Sector Ombudsmen Review ‡
2
Special Advisers
2
Total
35†


‡  The Committee took oral evidence on this inquiry in Session 1998-99; figures appear in the Return for that Session (HC1 (1998-99))
*  The Committee did not complete these inquiries in Session 1999-2000
†  Includes sessions covering more than one subject


 
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