HC Deb 12 May 1998 vol 312 c70W
Mr. Öpik

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what proportion of his Department's appointees to non-departmental public bodies are (i) aged under 25, (ii) aged 25 to 30 and (iii) aged 31 to 35 years. [40744]

Mr. Hoon

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The Government are committed to encouraging a wide range of candidates to apply for positions on the boards of public bodies, reflecting the diverse society in which we live. This includes encouraging more young people to put themselves forward as potential candidates for public appointments. All appointments are made on merit, and candidates must demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to match the needs of the public body on which they wish to serve.