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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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.
In 2010-11, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made two new public appointments to DECC's public bodies, both were regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). The successful applicants were declared as being neither black, Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, nor from an ethnic minority.
In 2011-12, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made five new regulated public appointments. Of these five, three declared themselves as neither black, Hindu, Muslim, Chinese nor from an ethnic minority, and two did not declare their ethnic background.
DECC's public appointments are made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. The overriding principle of the OCPA Code is that selection must be on merit and from a strong and diverse field of candidates. My Department is committed to ensuring that the advertising process and job specifications for public appointment vacancies encourage a fully representative field.