Parliament and public appointments

Parliament and public appointments:
Pre-appointment hearings by select committees

Report | Press Notice | Government Response

In July 2007, the Government published proposals on “streamlining public appointments” in its green paper ‘The Governance of Britain’. One of these proposals was "that the Government nominee for key positions … should be subject to a pre-appointment hearing with the relevant select committee".

In the light of the Government’s proposal, PASC took evidence in December 2007 from the Commissioner for Pulic Appointments and the Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee. (This followed an earlier hearing with the Commissioner in June 2007.) PASC's report responding to the Government's proposal was published in January 2008. The report welcomes the Government’s proposal and clarifies how it might be put into practice.

Related Committee Publications:

Public Appointments: Confirmation Hearings
Oral and written evidence
Tuesday 19 June 2007

All Press Notices:

23 July 2008
Pre-Appointment Hearing Report

18 July 2008
Pre-Appointment Hearing

6 May 2008
Publication of Government Response

15 January 2007
PASC endorses committee hearings for key public appointments

3 December 2007
PASC to hear views on parliamentary involvement in public appointments

18 June 2007 (Confirmation Hearings)
PASC to take evidence on "Confirmation Hearings"


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