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.[1]

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.[2]

Member Party Constituency
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.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Jon Trickett MP (Labour) Hemsworth Lindsay Roy MP (Labour) Glenrothes Hansard
17 January 2011 Kevin Brennan MP (Labour) Cardiff West Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour) Luton North Hansard
9 May 2011 Charles Walker MP (Conservative) Broxbourne Alun Cairns MP (Conservative) Vale of Glamorgan Hansard
5 December 2011 Nick de Bois MP (Conservative) Enfield North Priti Patel MP (Conservative) Witham Hansard
10 December 2012 Michael Dugher MP (Labour) Barnsley East Steve Reed MP (Labour Co-op) Croydon North Hansard
4 November 2013 Charlie Elphicke MP (Conservative) Dover Andrew Turner MP (Conservative) Isle of Wight Hansard
11 November 2013 Steve Reed MP (Labour) Croydon North Sheila Gilmore MP(Labour) Edinburgh East Hansard
12 May 2014 Alun Cairns MP (Conservative) Vale of Glamorgan Cheryl Gillan MP (Conservative) Chesham and Amersham Hansard
12 May 2014 Robert Halfon MP (Conservative) Harlow Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Hansard
23 June 2014 Priti Patel MP (Conservative) Witham Nigel Evans MP (Conservative) Ribble Valley Hansard

See also


  1. "Public Administration Select Committee - role". Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
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