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Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses: Costs

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the 2006 recruitment campaign for a Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses. (254024)

The total cost of the 2006 recruitment campaign for the role of Victims’ Commissioner was £96,625.

The recruitment exercise for the role of Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses was carried out according to the code of practice for public appointments. The recruitment exercise included the use of an executive search agency specialising in public appointments which targeted individuals perceived to be of the right calibre for the role and public advertisements in relevant publications. However, we were not successful in identifying a candidate with all of the appropriate skills necessary for the proposed role and Ministers decided not to appoint.