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Food Standards Agency: Public Appointments

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stage has been reached in the process of appointing a new Chair of the Food Standards Agency; and when he expects the successful candidate to take up the post. (282888)

The position of Chair of the Food Standards Agency is appointed jointly by the Secretary of State for Health and Health Ministers in the devolved Administrations. The role was advertised in March 2009 for a period of four weeks. The application window closed on 14 April. The selection panel shortlisted the applications in May and interviewed candidates in June. Ministers considered the panel's recommendations and agreed the noble Lord Rooker as the preferred candidate.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has invited the House of Commons Health Select Committee to scrutinise the preferred candidate prior to appointment.

The process, run by the Appointments Commission, is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments and has been conducted in accordance with Commissioner's Code of Practice for Public Appointments, involving an independent assessor at all stages including shortlisting and interview panel.