Andrew Turner has been appointed to the influential Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), which scrutinises the work of the Civil Service and the reports produced by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
The Island’s MP already serves on the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee and will in future sit as a member of both Committees.
Select committees members are appointed by the House of Commons to undertake inquiries into a wide range of issues and scrutinise Government policy. They decide collectively which issues they wish to consider and take evidence from the public, expert witnesses, interested groups and individuals with relevant experience. Their reports are published and the Government is required to make a formal response to their findings. Most select committees scrutinise the work of a single department, but three Committees can study the work of any department, or look at issues across all departments.
Bernard Jenkin MP, the Chair of the Committee, welcomed the appointment:
“Andrew is an experienced and popular colleague; I am delighted he has been appointed to my committee. Select committees work on a cross party basis holding the Government to account; it is an important role and Andrew is highly respected for his intellect and integrity. He is a great addition to PASC, one of only three senior cross-departmental select committees, and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”
Mr Turner said he was looking forward to his new role:
“I enjoy getting my teeth into the detailed, cross-party work that takes place in select committees and the PASC is currently scrutinising some important topics, including crime statistics and the Government’s plans for public service reform. The insight you get from the work is very useful for speaking in the Chamber and getting to grips with constituency problems. I am looking forward to this new role.”