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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 714: debated on Tuesday 10 November 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which board appointments for the regional development agencies are due for renewal or reappointment by June 2010; and what guidance they have issued on making public appointments to non-departmental public bodies with a tenure of more than one year in the run-up to a general election. [HL6034]

The following table indicates where approvals have been given for re-appointment from December 2009, the number of new appointments which were advertised in June across the regional development agencies (RDAs) taking up post on the 14 December and details of extensions given to date.

RDA

Approved for re-appointment starting December 2009

New Appointments to be taken up on 14 December 2009

Extensions

Advantage West Midlands

Brendan Connor

4 positions

East of England

Peter McCarthy-Ward, William Pope, Lord Edward Iveagh

2 positions plus Chair vacancy advertised.

Richard Ellis, Chair, up to December 2010.

East Midlands

Tricia Pedlar, Haydn Biddle

none

ONE North East

Ruth Thompson, Paul Callaghan, Cllr Peter Jackson

Chair vacancy advertised.

Margaret Fay, Chair, up to December 2010.

North West

none

2

Joe Dwek extended to Dec 2010.

South East of England

Alexander Pratt, Mr Robert Goldfield, Pamela Charlwood

4

South West

John Savage

5

Yorkshire Forward

Cllr John Weighell, Professor Michael Arthur

2 plus Chair vacancy advertised.

Terry Hodgkinson, Chair, up to December 2010.

No guidance has been issued on making public appointments to non-departmental public bodies with a tenure of more than one year in the run-up to a general election.