Public Administration Select Committee

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The Public Administration 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. 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]


As of 10 December 2012, the members of the committee are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Bernard Jenkin MP (Chair) Conservative Harwich and North Essex
Alun Cairns MP Conservative Vale of Glamorgan
Charlie Elphicke MP Conservative Dover
Paul Flynn MP Labour Newport West
Robert Halfon MP Conservative Harlow
David Heyes MP Labour Ashton under Lyne
Kelvin Hopkins MP Labour Luton North
Greg Mulholland MP Liberal Democrat Leeds North West
Priti Patel MP Conservative Witham
Steve Reed MP Labour Co-op Croydon North
Lindsay Roy MP Labour Glenrothes

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

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  1. ^ "Public Administration Select Committee - role". Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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