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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons were for the decision by his Department in February to delay the appointment of a permanent secretary until later in the year; whether this decision was announced publicly; and when he expects to announce the appointment of a new permanent secretary.
I have been asked to reply.
The decision not to appoint was taken in light of the need to consider the broader picture of permanent secretary moves over the summer including the retirement of Sir Andrew Turnbull. Both No. 10 and Department of Trade and Industry issued press notices on