HC Deb 12 March 1998 vol 308 cc302-3W
Mrs. Lait

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's 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.[33254]

Mr. Hoon

None of the appointments made by the Lord Chancellor to his public bodies has been from the Public Appointments Unit list, although we have consulted them. The Department has increasingly been using advertising to identify candidates for the Lord Chancellor's more significant advisory bodies. However, in terms of numbers most of the appointments are to the locally based Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace or General Commissioners of Income Tax, where the appointment is made on local recommendation.