Office for Budget Responsibility: Public Appointments

HM Treasury written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the Office for Budget Responsibility board are (a) women, (b) from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, (c) disabled or (d) from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who makes appointments to the Board of the Office for Budget Responsibility; which other organisations or individuals provide advice on those appointments; and at what stage of the process such advice is provided.

Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) oversight board is made up of the Chair of the OBR, two members of the Budget Responsibility Committee (BRC) and two non-executive members.

Appointments to the BRC are made by the Chancellor, subject to the consent of the Treasury Select Committee. When appointing executive members of the BRC, the Chancellor will consult with the Chair of the OBR. For appointments of non-executive members, the recruitment process will be conducted by the OBR, but the final appointment will be made by the Chancellor. The interview panel for this is chaired by a non-executive member of the OBR and includes a lead Treasury official. Further information on appointments can be found in the OBR and HM Treasury framework document available here: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/314705/PU1675_OBR_and_HMT_framework_document.pdf

During the last recruitment exercise for a board member of the OBR, where the Chancellor appointed the executive BRC member Sir Charlie Bean, 6 applications were received.

Table 2.3 in the OBR’s 2015-16 annual report and accounts specifies that one female and 4 males make up the BRC and non-executive members. The report is available here: www.budgetresponsibility.org.uk/docs/dlm_uploads/56061-OBR-AR-2016_Web.pdf). A breakdown of the board by ethnicity, disability and socio-economic background is not publically available.

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