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Applicants for Top Posts Will Face Select Committee Grilling

Magazine article Public Finance

Applicants for Top Posts Will Face Select Committee Grilling

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Candidates for major public sector posts, such as the auditor general and the chief education and prisons inspectors, are to be quizzed by MPs before they take up their appointments.

The government has published a list of 60 public sector appointments that will be subject to increased parliamentary scrutiny. This forms part of its response to the Commons' liaison committee's report, Pre-appointment hearings by select committees, which called for more parliamentary input into the public appointment process.

It also takes forward proposals outlined in the government's constitutional renewal green paper, which promised to increase the democratic scrutiny of public appointments.

Ed Miliband, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: 'Pre-appointment hearings by select committees are part of the government's desire to make the Executive more accountable to Parliament.

'Regulators, ombudsmen and other public bodies exercise significant power over people's lives and it is right that the appointment of these powerful posts should be subject to scrutiny by Parliament. …

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