Public Appointments

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Opposition Whip (Commons) 2:30 pm, 28th June 2005

What steps he is taking to increase openness in the public appointments he makes.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Steps to ensure openness include open advertising of all vacancies on the public appointments website. Feedback data from the website show a wide cross-section of people expressing an interest in public appointments.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Opposition Whip (Commons)

Is the Minister aware that two recent reports show that a substantial number of public appointments have been skewed towards Labour party members? Will he publish a list of all appointments that were based on the membership of any party?

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

I am sure that all hon. Members accept that it is important to listen to the opinions of people from all political parties. Cabinet Office public appointments are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice, which provides a clear guide to the steps required to ensure a fair, open and transparent appointments process.