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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure regional balance in his Department's expert and adviser groups.
There are no arrangements in place to ensure regional balance.
Appointments to these groups are made following processes which are fair, open and transparent, command public confidence and result in appointments which are made on merit.
Where there is a specific requirement for membership of certain groups to represent regions this will be implicit in the job specification when an appointment is advertised.