HC Deb 06 February 1978 vol 943 cc455-6W
Mr. Peter Morrison

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many paid public appointments he has made since assuming office which are under the patronage of his Department; whether each position is advertised and open for public competition; and how many paid appointments he has given to (a) trade unions representatives and (b) members of the Labour Party since the Government assumed office.

Mr. John Silkin

Since assuming office in September 1976, I have made 184 paid public appointments, some of which have been made jointly with other Ministers. None of these positions has been advertised, nor were they open for public competition. 14 trade union representatives have been appointed by me or my predecessor since the Government assumed office. I cannot give the information asked for in (b) because such information is not sought.

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