The Select Committee on Public Administration
The Select Committee on Public Administration is
appointed under Standing Order No. 146:
146.-(1) There shall be a select committee to examine
the reports of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration,
of the Health Service Commissioners for England, Scotland and
Wales and of the Parliamentary Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,
which are laid before this House, and matters in connection therewith,
and to consider matters relating to the quality and standards
of administration provided by civil service departments, and other
matters relating to the civil service; and the committee shall
consist of eleven Members.
(2) The committee shall have power -
(a) to send for
persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment
of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from
time to time; and
(b) to appoint specialist advisers to supply
information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters
of complexity within the committee's order of reference.
(3) Unless the House otherwise orders, each Member
nominated to the committee shall continue to be a member of it
for the remainder of the Parliament.
(4) The committee shall have power to appoint a sub-committee,
which shall have power to send for person, papers and records,
to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn
from place to place, and to report to the committee from time
(5) The committee shall have power to report from
time to time the minutes of evidence taken before the sub-committee.
(6) The quorum of the sub-committee shall be three.
The present membership of the Committee is as follows:
Mr Kevin Brennan (Labour,
Annette Brooke (Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and Poole
Mr David Heyes (Labour, Ashton under Lyne)
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative, Bridgewater)
Mr John Lyons (Labour, Strathkelvin and Bearsden)
Mr Gordon Prentice (Labour, Pendle)
Mr Anthony Steen (Conservative, Totnes)
Mr Michael Trend (Conservative, Windsor)
Mr Brian White (Labour, Milton Keynes North East)
Mr Anthony D Wright (Labour, Great Yarmouth)
Tony Wright (Labour, Cannock Chase)
On 18 July 2001, the Committee elected Tony Wright
as its Chairman.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United
Kingdom. The Committee may meet concurrently with the European
Scrutiny Committee (or any of its sub-committees) for the purpose
of deliberating or of taking evidence. The Committee may exchange
documents and evidence with this committee.
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet
at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/pubahome.htm. A list of Reports
of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the end of this
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Committee Office
First Floor, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 2LW.
The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 3284;
the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]
1 Appointed on 16th July 2001. Back