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Ofqual: Public Appointments

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will ensure that appointments to Ofqual will be subject to select committee scrutiny in line with the proposals on page 29 of the Governance of Britain Green Paper of July 2007. (247064)

The Government's response to the House of Commons Liaison Committee report on Pre-appointment hearings by Select Committees was published in June 2008 (ref: First Special Report of Session 2007-2008 HC594). It contains a revised list of all posts that the Government consider suitable for pre-appointment hearings by parliamentary Select Committees.

The post of chair of Ofqual, the new independent regulator of qualifications and tests which, subject to parliamentary approval will be established in the Children, Skills and Learning Bill in the current session, is included in the list.