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Public Appointments

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many public appointments he has made since 1 May; and how many and what percentage of these (a) receive remuneration and (b) are of (i) Afro-Caribbean and (ii) Asian origin. [16776]

MOD has made 32 public appointments to its Non Departmental Public Bodies since 1 May 1997 of which 22, or 69 per cent. receive remuneration. In all but one case, the remuneration involved is a payment of £200–£250 a day for those days on which the Committee, the Defence Scientific Advisory Council meets. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is responding to part (b) of your question of behalf of all Departments.