HC Deb 09 March 1998 vol 308 c16W
Mrs. Lait

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the appointments to public bodies which he has made since 1 May 1997 have been from the Public Appointments Unit list. [33253]

Mr. Straw

The information requested is not held centrally within the Department, and could be assembled and collated only at disproportionate cost. Candidates for public appointments may come from a number of sources, including the Public Appointments Unit (PAU), but the fact that a person may be on the PAU list does not mean that he or she might not separately apply for an appointment, for example in response to an advertisement for a specific appointment.

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