§ Mr. Canavan
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what public appointments he has made since 1 November 1992; and what information he has on the political affiliation of those appointed.
§ Mr. Curry
Since 1 November 1992, my right hon. Friend has made 56 appointments or re-appointments to the bodies listed in "Public Bodies 1992".
Appointments are generally made on the basis of suitability, merit and expertise; details of political affiliation are not held centrally.