HC Deb 28 April 1994 vol 242 cc253-4W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Prime Minister which organisations have recently been contacted by the public appointments unit asking it to consider nominations for public appointments.

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 27 April 1994]: To increase the supply of names of people who might be willing to serve on public bodies, and to supplement those already on its database, the public appointments unit within the Cabinet Office began, in September 1993, a three-year programme of actively seeking more names. Letters from the director of the unit are being sent to universities, professional and voluntary bodies, companies, trade unions, women's groups and organisations representing the ethnic minority communities and disabled people.

As has been made clear on previous occasions, nominations are welcome from hon. Members and from any other appropriate quarter at any time.