Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee is a select committee appointed by the British House of Commons to examine the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, 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, mostly for England and Wales, and constitutional affairs.
It is the principal select committee to which Cabinet Office ministers are accountable and thus handles pre appointment and accountability hearings for independent officers, with an independent civil society or cross departmental role, such as the First Civil Service Commissioner, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority and the chair of the Charity Commission.
The committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within its overall terms of reference; however, it seeks evidence from a wide variety of individuals and groups with relevant interests and experience. The members of the committee are drawn from the three largest political parties, and the committee itself mainly publishes its results through reports and making its recommendations known to the government.
Created on 3 June 2015, the committee replaced the longstanding Public Administration Select Committee and the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, first formed in June 2010.
As of December 2019, the Committee's only member is its Chair, Bernard Jenkin, with other members to be elected.
|Bernard Jenkin MP (Chair)||Conservative||Harwich and North Essex|
|Nigel Evans MP||Conservative||Ribble Valley|
|Paul Flynn MP||Labour||Newport West|
|Cheryl Gillan MP||Conservative||Chesham and Amersham|
|Sheila Gilmore MP||Labour||Edinburgh East|
|David Heyes MP||Labour||Ashton under Lyne|
|Adam Holloway MP||Conservative||Gravesham|
|Kelvin Hopkins MP||Labour||Luton North|
|Greg Mulholland MP||Liberal Democrat||Leeds North West|
|Lindsay Roy MP||Labour||Glenrothes|
|Andrew Turner MP||Conservative||Isle of Wight|
Source: Public Administration Committee
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.
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- Public Administration Select Committee page on UK Parliament website