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Social Mobility Commission

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criteria will be used to appoint members of the Social Mobility Commission announced in Cm 7755, Unleashing Aspiration; what the Commission's budget will be in its first year; and whether this funding will be additional to funding announced in the pre-Budget report. (312700)

In ‘Unleashing Aspirations’, published on 18 January 2010, the Government set out their response to the final report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, and agreed to establish a Social Mobility Commission. It will give expert advice to Government and report on progress towards a fairer, more mobile society.

A transition team has been set up within the Cabinet Office to make the necessary preparations for this Commission, which will follow shortly. The transition team will develop the detail of the Commission's governance, remit, funding and work programme. It will also advise on the appointment of members and the selection criteria for any appointments to the Commission.

The budget for the Social Mobility Commission has yet to be established, and will form part of the consideration of the transition team.