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Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee: Public Appointments

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process is followed for the appointment of members of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee; and what criteria are used to appoint members. (193367)

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee currently consists of nine members. Seven of those members are members of the corporation's board, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. They were appointed to the planning committee by the chairman of the corporation.

Two members of the planning committee are co-opted and are not members of the corporation's board. They were appointed by the chairman of the board with the consent of the Secretary of State, following an appointment process involving advertising the position, short listing and interviews.

The criteria used for the interviews were:

Motivation/understanding the challenges/opportunities of the role;

Committee contribution/adding value;

Technical/professional contribution.