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Infrastructure Planning Commission

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in its first full year of operation. (265063)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy) on 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1108W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the (a) salaries, (b) pension package and (c) other benefits in kind will be of the Infrastructure Planning Commission’s (i) Chairman, (ii) Chief Executive, (iii) board members and (iv) commissioners; (265065)

(2) which recruitment consultants have been employed to fill Infrastructure Planning Commission positions; and at what cost;

(3) what notice periods are specified in the contracts for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (a) Chairman, (b) Chief Executive, (c) board members and (d) commissioners;

(4) how much has been spent on recruitment for members of the Infrastructure Planning Commission; and how much has been allocated in total for such expenditure.

For the remuneration package of the Chair, Deputy Chairs and Commissioners I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Wright), the Under-Secretary of State, to the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy) on 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1108W. None of the posts are pensionable. There are no other benefits in kind.

The post of Chief Executive has been advertised recently as a full time post offering a salary in the range £120,000 to £160,000 per annum. The appointment will be pensionable. The structure of the IPC Board will be determined by the Chair when his appointment commences on 1 May.

A notice period of three months has been specified in the contract agreed with the Chair. The notice to be given by the CEO, Commissioners and board members will be determined when the individuals are identified following the recruitment exercises.

Veredus were appointed as the recruitment consultants following a competitive tendering process to recruit the Chair, Chief Executive as well as two Deputy Chairs and three Commissioners. The contact cost is £130,630 which is the total amount allocated for recruitment of Commission members. To date £22,466.25 has been paid. It is expected that a further recruitment exercise for Commissioners will be run during 2009. No funds have been allocated at present.