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Ministerial Appointments

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many full- and part-time appointments, respectively, are made by him which are not subject to regulation by the Civil Service Commission; what is the total sum paid annually as salary and expenses for such appointments; and if he will take steps to reduce the number of such posts.

For the list of bodies to which my right hon. Friend makes paid appointments, with the exception of the Health Service Board, I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan) on 19th May.—[Vol. 932, c. 245–8.]—The information in respect of the Health Services Board is as follows:

BodyPostNumber in postRemuneration
Health Services BoardChairman1£50 fee per day.
Members4£35 fee per day.
Apart from the Chairman of the Dental Estimates Board and the salaried members of the Pneumoconiosis Medical panels, all these appointments are part-time.The other details required are not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost to public funds.My right hon. Friend keeps under review the number of paid public appointments he makes to ensure that there are no more than are needed for the work to be done. In many cases the number of appointments are enumerated in the controlling statute or constitution.