Intelligence and Security Committee
Michael Mates (East Hampshire, Conservative)
It is perhaps worth pointing out to Andrew Mackinlay that when we last appointed a Clerk, one of the candidates was from the body of the Clerks of the House. We could perfectly well have chosen him. He did not, in our view, turn out to be the best candidate, but we are not prevented from using the resources of the Clerks of the House. If someone applies for the job, we are perfectly able to appoint him.