Francis Maude MP to appear before PASC

by Andrew Mason

As was recently reported here on the Digest in the posting Committee to ask questions, Bernard Jenkin MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, was quoted as stating (with regard to the delays that have beset the Iraq Inquiry) that:

“We may well call for the minister or indeed for the cabinet secretary to come and give us evidence to explain how they’re going to sort this out.”

The PASC has now announced that Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, will be appearing to give evidence to the committee as part of its inquiry into Civil Service impartiality tomorrow morning, 11 June 2014, at 9:30 AM. The hearing is likely to be recorded and televised by the Parliament TV service, I will add a link in due course.


The link for viewing the hearing is as follows:

By default, the Parliament TV service uses the Microsoft Silverlight media player, there is a link to a Windows Media Player version on the same page.

3 comments to this article

  1. andrewsimon

    on June 11, 2014 at 10:35 am -

    Nothing revelatory was said – probably the opposite – only four members of the committee were present – no hard questions were asked – for anyone who is interested the relevant section of the hearing runs from 11.50 to 22.40 – at the end of this part of the hearing the chairman kicked the ball onto another pitch by suggesting that the matter was probably one best addressed to the Intelligence and Security Committee – is it of any wonder that there is so little faith in the political establishment of which Parliament plays a key role?

  2. BobM

    on June 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm -

    I have wondered in the past about Bernard Jenkin.

    I checked out his Wiki credentials, according to which he has excelled most particularly in regard to expenses claimed and the practise of naturism [against which I have no particular complaint].

    Why on earth have the hearing? Was Jenkin initially encouraged by DC when the big push was on? And then warned off?

    Andrew Simon is right to ask his question.

  3. andrewsimon

    on June 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm -

    BobM –

    Andrew Simon is right to ask his question.

    Yeah, thanks. Actually, that was a meant to be a somewhat rhetorical device.

    More to the point, I did try to prime Paul Flynn MP with a couple of other, what I thought were quite good, questions, via his blog a few days ago.

    Would this not be a good opportunity to press the Minister for further details on exactly what kind of communications and responses HMG has had with and from its American counterparts concerning the non-release of the Blair/Bush correspondence – particularly with regard to former President Bush’s own words?

    As has been written here and in many other places, there is now a strong suspicion that incomplete disclosure will lead to the belief that a cover-up has taken place. Without a complete understanding of the mechanism that has (apparently) caused the delay up to this point, and that will now go on to seemingly limit the ultimate scope of Chilcot’s reporting, is this not now a matter of considerable, practically vital, importance?

    To no avail it seems. Oh well, never mind. Perhaps you can’t in fact lead a Welsh Cob to a plentiful stream…