Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (a) when and (b) where the position of Chair of that Commission was advertised.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants there were for the position of Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many candidates were were shortlisted for the role of Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the candidates who applied for the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission were deemed appointable.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the selection process for the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission was.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who was on the advisory assessment panel for the appointment of the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who the Chair was of the advisory assessment panel for the appointment of the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the panel for the appointment of the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission took to ensure that the people shortlisted for the appointment had diverse (a) skills, (b) experience and (c) backgrounds.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he took to ensure the appointment of the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission was transparent.

Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the panel for the appointment of the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission took to ensure the principles of public appointments were satisfied through the appointment process.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In selecting Commissioners to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, the Secretary of State’s priority is to assemble experts who can provide expertise and challenge on design quality and who are committed to building places that communities value and support. The role of Chair is an advisory role and was appointed directly. Professor Sir Roger Scruton’s commitment to promoting beauty in the built environment is well known and he has published extensively on the subject.

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