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Infrastructure Planning Commission

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the composition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be announced; how it will be determined; and what consultation will take place with representatives of relevant industries. (249766)

Recruitment of the chair of the new Infrastructure Planning Commission has already commenced. The process of recruiting the other members of the Commission will follow shortly. These are all public appointments and the recruitment is being carried out in accordance with the rules of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) with an independent OCPA assessor supervising the process. In addition, the appointments of the chair and deputy chairs will be subject to the pre-appointment hearing by the relevant Parliamentary Select Committee. It is open to anyone who considers they meet the essential criteria to apply for the posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Railfreight Interchange Investment Group on the composition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (249768)

There have been no discussions with Railfreight Interchange Investment Group and the Department of Communities and Local Government on the composition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.