HC Deb 10 February 1999 vol 325 c283W
Mr. Fabian Hamilton

To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made in the appointment of a new Commissioner for Public Appointments. [70769]

The Prime Minister

Her Majesty in Council has today approved the appointment of Dame Rennie Fritchie as Sir Len Peach's successor as Commissioner for Public Appointments. Dame Rennie, who will also be appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner, will take up office from 1 March 1999.

Sir Len Peach will continue to serve as Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. I am sure that all Members of the House would wish me to express their appreciation for the manner in which Sir Len has carried out his responsibilities over the past three years. He has made a major contribution to raising standards in public appointments.