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Departmental Public Appointments

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the public appointments for which his 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 his Department keeps in respect of such appointments. (254237)

At this point my officials have been advised that the following DEFRA delivery network bodies will require new appointments to be made in the coming year:

The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment will be seeking to recruit four new members

Inland Waterways will be seeking to appoint three to four new members

The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew will be seeking to appoint a new chair and two new members

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution will be seeking to appoint two new members

The Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) will also be seeking a new chair and five new members. Recruitment for 19 VPC members is currently under way. The details of this campaign and four others which are also in train are available on DEFRA’s website at:

http://defra/corporate/appointments/index.htm

The remit, salary, political restrictions, eligibility requirements and timetable for these posts will be agreed prior to recruitment campaigns starting. These posts will be subject to the requirements of the OCPA regulatory regime.

In addition Natural England, the Joint Nature Conservancy Council and the Sustainable Development Commission will all be seeking to recruit new members in the forthcoming year but numbers and roles have not yet been confirmed.

Further information on appointments made by DEFRA is published in the Department’s annual report:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/deprep/2008/index.htm

More detailed information about individual appointments is set out in the relevant body’s annual report. Vacancies may be advertised on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website at:

www.publicappointments.gov.uk

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.