IMF and World Bank: Appointment Procedures — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:21 pm on 1st December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Liberal Democrat 3:21 pm, 1st December 2010

My Lords, does the Minister accept that these top appointments are intensely political? Therefore, simply having a process that is called "open and transparent" will not guarantee that the best person gets the job. Would it not be sensible, as the noble Lord, Lord Stern, said, for the British Government to make it clear at this stage that they expect the next head of the IMF and the World Bank not to be a European or an American?