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Independent Football Commission

Volume 622: debated on Monday 19 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What steps they are taking to consult representatives of football supporters in the appointment of the chairman and members of the Independent Football Commission. [HL593]

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport wrote to the Football Supporters' Association and National Federation of Football Supporters' Clubs last year asking them to draw the IFC chairman post to the attention of those they thought would be good candidates for the post. The Government have made clear that the process of appointing the chairman is to be conducted in an open and transparent manner according to the standards that would apply to a public appointment. Therefore the consideration of applications once received, following open advertisement, is a matter for the Independent Public Appointments Advisory Panel.