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Public Appointments

Volume 885: debated on Friday 7 February 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will publish the list of people available for public appointments known as the book of the good and great; what are the criteria for being included on the list; whether political affiliations are taken into account; and whether applications for inclusion are acepted from anybody.

No. It is the responsibility of Ministers to satisfy themselves that the people they appoint to statutory bodies are ones best fitted for the job. In making such appointments they are not reliant on the existence of lists, but are, nevertheless, always glad to hear about, and taken note of, people whose qualifications and experience might equip them for such appointments. There are no set criteria, whether political or otherwise.