The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, formerly 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, 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.
As of January 2022, the Committee's Chair is William Wragg, after being elected in January 2020, defeating fellow Conservative MP David Jones by 335 to 183 votes. The members of the select committee are:
|William Wragg MP (Chair)||Conservative||Hazel Grove|
|Jackie Doyle-Price MP||Conservative||Thurrock|
|Chris Evans MP||Labour||Islwyn|
|David Mundell MP||Conservative||Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale|
|Rachel Hopkins MP||Labour||Luton South|
|Karin Smyth MP||Labour||Bristol South|
|David Jones MP||Conservative||Clwyd West|
|Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP||Labour||Brighton, Kemptown|
|Tom Randall MP||Conservative||Gedling|
|John Stevenson MP||Conservative||Carlisle|
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.
|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|