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Central Electricity Generating Board

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he will announce his appointments to the Central Electricity Generating Board in view of the fact that five of the present full-time members will cease to hold office early in 1982 unless reappointed.

I am considering these appointments and will announce my decisions as soon as possible.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in view of the reported rough handling of the chairman of the British Gas Corporation by the Secretary of State, there is a fear in the electricity supply industry that when new appointments are made to the Central Electricity Generating Board political tests will be applied, rather than merit and techical ability being considered?

I do not recognise myself in the hon. Gentleman's description. The House will know that I am incapable of rough-handling anybody. Of course no political appointments will he made. We shall seek the best men for the jobs in every case, from wherever they might arise.