To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) meetings and (b) phone calls (i) he, (ii) other Ministers of his Department and (iii) officials of his Department had with Baroness Stowell between June 2017 and her pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the Charity Commission with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
All candidates assessed as “appointable” by the Advisory Assessment Panel were given the opportunity to meet the Minister for Sport and Civil Society after the interview stage. This is in compliance with section 3.1 of the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments. Baroness Stowell met with the Secretary of State in advance of her pre-appointment hearing. DCMS officials are responsible for the public appointments process, and as such have regular email and telephone exchanges with all applicants and meet with candidates at the interviews.