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Departmental Public Appointments

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the public appointments for which her Department is responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit, (ii) salary, (iii) political restriction, (iv) eligibility requirement and (v) timetable for each appointment is; and what records her Department keeps in respect of such appointments. (254230)

Information on appointments made by the Department is published in the Department’s Annual Report and is available on the Department's website:

The process for making a public appointment, including guidance on political activity and eligibility criteria, follows the Cabinet Office publication “Making and Managing Public Appointments”.

For appointments regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, the appointments process also complies with the “Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies”. Copies are in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the running costs of her Department's Senior Appointments Panel. (254824)

The cost of the new Senior Appointments Panel is estimated at £500,000 per annum. This includes the salary costs of four staff, fees and expenses for the independent chair and panel members, and research to support the workings of the panel. The cost of the panel will be absorbed by the Home Office.