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Public Appointments

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or from an ethnic minority, (B) Hindu, (C) Muslim and (D) Chinese in each of those years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend Mr Pickles, appointed 19 people to public bodies in 2010-11, and 30 people in 2011-12. Of these, 14 were reappointments in 2010-11, and 14 were reappointments in 2011-12.

All of the 19 appointments in 2010-11 and 26 of the 30 appointments in 2011-12 were regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Commissioner for Public Appointments collates and publishes information on the number of appointments of candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds; however this information is not broken down by ethnic group.

Copies of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 annual reports are available at:

Copies are also available in the Library of the House. The Commissioner does not collect information regarding the religion of appointees.

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