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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were interviewed for the job of chief executive of Ofcom. (94191)

Under the terms of the Office of Communications Act 2002, the chief executive of Ofcom is appointed by the Ofcom board, subject to approval by the Secretaries of State. I am informed that Ofcom’s selection panel invited six candidates for interview, two of whom later withdrew their applications, so four candidates were interviewed. The selection process was conducted by Ofcom in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.