Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th November 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, under what formal status Baroness Harding heads NHS Test and Trace programme in the absence of a formal ministerial or special advisor role.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Ministers frequently make appointments to a wide variety of roles governed by a huge variety of arrangements and have done over successive administrations.

There is no set process for these appointments but in making these appointments – which are often of a type referred to as ‘direct appointments’ – general public law principles apply.

Appointees are expected to adhere to the Nolan Principles.

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