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Recruitment of Chairman

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what are the arrangements for the recruitment of a new Chairman of the Commission when Mr Sam Younger’s term expires on 1 January 2009. (183627)

Under section 3 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the appointment of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission is subject to the agreement of Mr. Speaker. The Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission has proposed a panel to recommend the appointment and Mr. Speaker has invited the following to serve on this panel:

Baroness Fritchie (Chair)

Cindy Butts (nominated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments)

Sir Neil McIntosh

David Norgrove

Peter Viggers MP