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Arts Council of England: Public Appointments

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process for (a) appointing and (b) removing (i) national and (ii) regional Arts Council England members is. (192164)

The process for appointing national members and regional chairs of Arts Council England is set out in the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. It includes ministerial agreement to a role specification against which candidates are assessed, advertising in the national press or on the DCMS and Cabinet Office websites and interviews of shortlisted candidates by a selection panel, followed by recommendations to Ministers on whom to appoint. An independent assessor is involved throughout, the final decision and appointment is then made by DCMS Ministers.

Non-chair members of the regional councils are appointed by the national council. The standard process involves advertisement and interviews followed by recommendations to the national council, which takes the final decision. However, for each regional council six of the members (eight on the South East regional council) are nominated by local authorities, regional government or regional development agencies, and then appointed by the national council.

The London regional council chair and four non-chair members are appointed by the Mayor of London (in the case of the chair, Secretary of State approval is also required).

Appointments of national members and regional chairs of Arts Council England may be terminated by the Secretary of State in accordance with article 7 of the Arts Council England Royal Charter and as set out in the terms and conditions of appointment.

National Council can remove non-chair members of any regional council (with the exception of the London regional council) with reasonable cause.

The Mayor of London can remove the London regional council chair and non-chair members with reasonable cause (in the case of the chair, Secretary of State approval is also required).