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Ofcom: Public Appointments

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Colette Bowe’s role in the Westland affair was taken into account in the procedure for appointing her as Chair of Ofcom. (255996)

The appointment of Colette Bowe was made following a process regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) and was also subject to pre-appointment scrutiny by a joint session of the Business and Culture Select Committees. All applicants were considered against published selection criteria which set out the qualities, skills and experience required for the position and the decision on who to appoint was based on merit. While it is not appropriate to comment on specific details of selection processes or individual applications, appointments are always made following proper consideration of matters such as conflict of interest and probity.