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Public Boards (Chairmen)

Volume 524: debated on Sunday 2 May 1954

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many chairmen of the principal national boards who are appointed to their offices by Her Majesty's Government have not been reappointed after their first period of service since 1946; and how many have been appointed one or more times.

The term "principal national boards" might cover a wide variety of bodies to which Ministers make appointments. But assuming that the hon. Member has in mind public boards of a commercial character, the White Paper (Cmd. 9025) covers 13 such bodies. In all 27 persons have served as chairmen of these boards or of the former Iron and Steel Corporation. Of these 11 served for one term and were not reappointed, eight are still serving their first term, and eight (of whom five are still serving) have been reappointed once or more.