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National Museums And Galleries: Trustees

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are considering a review of the system of appointing the chairman and trustees of the national museums and galleries; and [HL2973]What criteria are used for appointing the chairman and trustees of the national museums and galleries; and what criteria are used to determine the balance of a board of such trustees. [HL2941]

Appointments in the gift of Government to the public bodies sponsored by this Department are based on the principles set down by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Procedures are kept under review and may be revised from time to time in light of new guidance from the Commissioner's office.All appointments are governed by the overriding principle of appointment on merit following scrutiny by an independent panel. Careful consideration is given to the experiences and qualities of successful candidates to ensure that they match the needs of the museum or gallery in question with the aim of ensuring a balanced and representative board.