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Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they plan to promote regional representation on quangos; and [HL1983]

Whether they will issue an official response to the report of the New Local Government Network entitled You've been Quango'd! Mapping Power across the Regions. [HL1984]

Appointments to the boards of public bodies are made on merit. The Government encourage applications for appointment from a wide range of candidates—and advertises in national and regional media as appropriate. The final decision, however, is made on merit and the successful candidate will have evidenced the necessary skills and experience required for the role. Where a public body has a particular regional or local focus, every effort is made to encourage applications from the local area. As the report of the New Local Government Network makes clear, the boards of local and regional public bodies—such as primary care trusts and regional development agencies—are already broadly representative of the communities they serve.

The Government note the report of the New Local Government Network with interest. However, they have no plans to issue an official response.