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WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr David Lepper
Mr John McFall
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Andrew Tyrie was called to the Chair.

Annual Report of the Commissioner for Public Appointments: Dame Rennie Fritchie, DBE, Commissioner for Public Appointments, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 13 December at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1998-99), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the First Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 60)).

Draft Report (Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 61)).

Reports of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for 1999-2000: Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman, Mr Alan Watson, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman and Ms Hilary Bainbridge, Director of Investigations, Office of the Health Service Ombudsman, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 20 December at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Chairman do ask the Liaison Committee for a Westminster Hall debate on its Report on Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions.—(The Chairman.)

Making Government Work: Mr David Walker, Analysis Editor, The Guardian, and Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Government, London School of Economics, were examined.

[ Adjourned till Wednesday 10 January at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Making Government Work: Professor Ron Amann (Director General), Mr Robert Green (Director, Corporate Development and Training) and Mr Ewart Wooldridge (Director, Civil Service College Directorate) of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies; and Professor Christopher Hood, London School of Economics, were examined.

[ Adjourned till Wednesday 17 January at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated

Making Government Work: Mr Geoff Mulgan, Performance and Innovation Unit, and Ms Ann Steward, Office of the e-envoy, Cabinet Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 24 January at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Making Government Work: Rt Hon Dr David Clark, a Member of the House, Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, CH, a Member of the House, and Lord Simon of Highbury, CBE, a Member of the House of Lords, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 31 January at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr David Lepper
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Clerk do undertake the first stage of a leak inquiry into the apparent briefing of journalists on the contents of the revised draft Report on the Ministerial Code which was circulated on Thursday 25 January.—(The Chairman.)

Motion made, and Question put, That the Prime Minister's Press Secretary be invited to give evidence on his work as a special adviser.—(Mr Andrew Tyrie.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 1

Mr Andrew Tyrie

Noes, 4

Mr David Lepper
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Anthony D Wright

Making Government Work: Sir Michael Bichard, KCB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment, and Sir Richard Mottram, KCB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 February at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Cabinet Secretary be invited to give evidence about recent remarks made to Parliamentary Lobby Journalists by the Prime Minister's Chief Press Secretary, Mr Alastair Campbell.—(Mr Andrew Tyrie.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 2

Mr Michael Trend
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

Noes, 3

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Neil Turner

Draft Report (The Ministerial Code: Improving the Rule Book), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Third Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC235)).

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 February at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Special Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Fifth Report of the Committee in Session 1999-2000 (Administrative Failure: Inherited SERPS) be appended to the Report.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 February at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Special Advisers: Boon or Bane?), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 293)).

Making Government Work: Sir Christopher Foster and Sir Robin Mountfield, KCB were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 March at Five o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lammy
Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner

Mr Lammy disclosed his pecuniary interests pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Clerk do write to those who had access to a late draft of the Fourth Report of the Committee (Special Advisers: Boon or Bane?), asking whether they could shed light on the apparent passing of the draft to The Guardian newspaper.—(The Chairman.)

Making Government Work: Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC, a Member of the House of Lords, Minister of State, Cabinet Office; Ms Moira Wallace, Head of the Social Exclusion Unit, and Ms Louise Casey, Head of the Rough Sleepers' Unit, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 March at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Michael Trend, as a member of the Board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, declared a non-pecuniary interest in the Committee's inquiry into Quangos.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21 March at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Mapping the Quango State), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Fifth Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 367)).

Resolved, That the Chairman do write to Sir Richard Wilson, KCB, the Cabinet Secretary, requesting early publication of the guidance relating to the activities of Ministers' special advisers during a General Election campaign.—(Mr Andrew Tyrie.)

[Adjourned till Monday 26 March at Five o'clock.

MONDAY 26 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Public Participation: Issues and Innovations), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Sixth Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 373)).

Draft Special Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Special Report be the Second Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the First Report of the Committee in Session 2000-2001 (The Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1998-99) be appended to the Report.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 March at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

The Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman: Mr Robbie Burns, (Group Managing Director), Dr Andrew Dun, (Group Medical Director), Healthcall; Dr David Carson, (Primary Care Adviser), Mr Andrew Palethorpe, (Section Head, Primary Care), and Mr Rob Thompson, (Branch Head, Patient and Public Involvement), Department of Health, were examined.

Mr Michael Buckley, Health Service Ombudsman, in attendance.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Making Government Work: The Emerging Issues), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to consideration of the Report are published in the Seventh Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000-2001 (HC 94)).

Ordered, That the Chairman do report to the House the correspondence between the Chairman and Sir Richard Wilson, KCB, Cabinet Secretary, on the role of ministers' special advisers and of the Knowledge Network during a general election campaign.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 4 April at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lammy
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do take evidence on freedom of information from Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Ombudsman, and Mrs Elizabeth France, Information Commissioner.—(The Chairman.)

The Government's Annual Report: Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC, a Member of the House of Lords, Minister of State, Cabinet Office, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 25 April at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lammy
Mr David Lepper
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Brian White

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire, as in previous Sessions, into Ministerial Replies to Parliamentary Questions.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into advertising by central government departments and agencies.—(The Chairman.)

Mr Brian White declared an interest in the Committee's inquiry into freedom of information as a member of the Information Commissioner's Advisory Panel.

Freedom of Information: Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Ombudsman, Mr David Reynolds, (Director of Investigation), and Mr John Colemans, (Investigation Manager), Office of the Ombudsman; Mrs Elizabeth France, Information Commissioner and Mr Nicholas Tyler, Legal Adviser, Office of the Information Commissioner, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 May at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2001

Members present:

Tony Wright, in the Chair

Mr David Lepper
Mr Michael Trend
Mr Neil Turner
Mr Anthony D Wright

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the correspondence with Sir Richard Wilson, KCB, Cabinet Secretary, concerning the role of ministers' special advisers and of the Knowledge Network during a general election campaign, be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Annual Report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman: Mr Stephen Boys Smith, (Director General), Mr Peter Wrench, (Deputy Director General), Mr Bill Brandon, (Deputy Director General), Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Home Office; Ms Alexis Cleveland, Chief Executive, Benefits Agency, were examined.

Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Ombudsman and Mr Alan Watson, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman, in attendance.

[Adjourned to a day and time to be fixed by the Chairman.

 
 
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