HC Deb 23 March 1999 vol 328 c135W
41. Mr. Canavan

To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department for how many public appointments the Lord Chancellor is responsible; and how many such appointments he has made since he took office. [76348]

Mr. Hoon

The latest edition of the Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies", specifies that, as at 1 September 1998, there are 1,818 non-judicial positions in non-departmental public bodies for which the Lord Chancellor is responsible.

The Lord Chancellor has made 496 appointments to NDPBs since he came to office on 2 May 1997. This number does not include other appointments, such as judicial appointments; or appointments the Lord Chancellor may make to bodies for which other Ministers are responsible.