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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many senior positions in non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible are vacant; and if she will make a statement; (108186)

(2) what her Department's target time is for filling vacant senior positions in non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible; and if she will make a statement.

Senior executive vacancies in non-departmental public bodies for which DCMS is responsible are a matter for the bodies themselves.

Forty-eight public appointments to the NDPBs for which DCMS is responsible are vacant, and are either under discussion or in the process of being filled. There is no prescribed target time for filling vacancies, and the length of the appointments procedures can vary considerably depending on the role and the body involved. However, the Cabinet Office guidance, “Making and Managing Appointments, a Guide for Departments”, suggests that most Departments consider that about six to nine months is the minimum lead time for most appointments.