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Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Since 2008 the Government's preferred candidate for certain important public appointments have been subject to pre-appointment hearings with the relevant Select Committee prior to Ministers confirming the appointment. Since the current process was agreed the 2016 "Grimstone reforms" increased Ministers's powers in making appointments and reduced the role of the independent Commissioner of Public Appointments. There have also been several contentious hearings when Committees have recommended against Minister's appointments. This inquiry is therefore asking whether the principles and practice underpinning Pre-Appointment hearings need to be updated to reflect developments since 2008.
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Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report recommends vote should be needed to override concerns over appointment