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Permanent Secretary

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry)

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.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Cabinet Office)

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 8 February 2005. The appointment will be settled in the next few months.

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