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Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

I have today published the 10th report of the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The report provides an account of the work of the committee in giving advice about appointments that Ministers and senior Crown servants wish to take up after leaving office. The report covers the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009. Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

I am grateful to Lord Wilson of Tillyorn KT GCMG PRSE, who will stand down from the committee at the end of this month, having served as a member, and more recently the interim chair, and to the other members of the committee for their contribution over this period. All have been most generous in giving their time and expertise to the committee’s work.

The Government are in the process of refreshing the membership of the committee. Dame Juliet Wheldon QC and the right hon. Lord Lang of Monkton joined the Committee from 1 April; the right hon. Lord Macdonald of Tradeston CBE joined from 1 May; and Lord Dholakia OBE DL joined from 1 June. I am grateful to Sir John Blelloch KBE, the right hon. Lord Maclennan of Rogart and the right hon. Lord Morris of Aberavon KG QC, who have retired from the committee in recent months having given it long and loyal service.

Work on the refreshment of the committee will be completed over the summer, and a further announcement will be made in due course.