§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that more posts on public bodies are advertised; and if he will make it his policy to secure that the post of chairperson of each public body is advertised.
§ The Prime Minister
Responsibility for deciding how to fill the 40,000 ministerial appointments to public bodies rests with the individual Ministers and Departments concerned. Central guidance encourages the use of advertisement where appropriate, but it would not be cost-effective for all the 3,500 people chairing public bodies.