Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who has been implicated in the Partygate saga, was due to appear before a Commons committee next week but the appearance has been postponed due to “recent events”.
Civil Service chief Simon Case has been prevented from appearing before MPs next week as ministers prepare for Sue Gray’s Partygate report.
Cabinet secretary and government ethics chief Darren Tierney was due to testify before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on the adequacy of governance in the wake of the Greensill lobbying scandal.
MPs were due to address the Partygate saga at the session, along with planned public sector job cuts.
But her appearance at the hearing, which was confirmed a few weeks ago, has now been postponed to June 28th.
The committee was told by Cabinet Office officials that ministers no longer felt this was appropriate due to “recent events”.
William Wragg, Chairman of Tory PACAC, said: “The meeting with the Cabinet Secretary was important given how many issues of decency and ethics are on the agenda.
“We had also hoped to get some clarity on the government’s civil service reform plans, which urgently needed public scrutiny after being revealed to the press last weekend.
“The intervention of withdrawing the session at such short notice eludes a timely parliamentary scrutiny of these plans and casts the transparency of the government in a bad light.”
Mr Case was originally tasked with investigating reports of lockdown defiance parties at No10 and Whitehall, but stepped aside when one of the events was revealed to be taking place at his office.
He reportedly told colleagues he was concerned about receiving a Partygate fine, but is said not to have been among the 83 people who received fines.
The Metropolitan Police closed their investigation on Thursday after handing out 126 firm penalties for parties flouting the lockdown.
Boris Johnson avoided receiving any further fines beyond the penalty he received in April for his surprise lockdown birthday party in June 2020.
But Downing Street is preparing for senior official Sue Gray’s Partygate report, which is due for publication next week.
Her January interim report criticized a “failure of leadership” at the top of government and is expected to be extremely critical of Downing Street’s culture during the pandemic.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/civil-service-boss-who-faced-27022097 Public service chief facing Partygate fine has been prevented from appearing before MPs