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BBC Trust

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the scrutiny arrangements put in place for the recruitment of the current Chairman of the BBC Governors will be followed for the recruitment of the Chairman of the BBC Trust; and if she will make a statement. (108185)

I can confirm we will hold an open competition, and that the process will follow the Nolan principles and the Commissioner’s Code of Practice. After advertising in the national press, a selection panel will shortlist and interview candidates and make recommendations to Ministers. The appointment will be made by the Queen by Order in Council, on the recommendation of DCMS Ministers through the Prime Minister. We have discussed and agreed with OCPA there will be no additional exceptional scrutiny arrangements on this occasion.