UK Trade and Investment

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process by which the membership of UK Trade and Investment's sector group task forces and sector advisory groups is decided.

Photo of Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Members of UK Trade and Investment sector advisory groups, which are informal and unpaid, are appointed from industry to provide a cross-section of knowledge and experience relevant to the sector. As such, there is no formal requirement to advertise or run a competition to fill vacancies although most follow the principles of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) code of practice. Decisions in respect of renewal, after a set term, are taken following a performance review by the relevant sector chair and UKTI. Appointments to the chair of the groups are confirmed by Ministers.

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