Parliamentary and Public Appointments - Pre-appointment Hearings by Select Committees: Third Report of Session 2007-08 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence - HC Session 2007-08, 152 (Paperback)
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"Parliamentary and Public Appointments: Pre-appointment Hearings by Select Committees (HC 152)" welcomes and responds to the Government's proposal to involve select committees in public appointments by inviting committees to hold non-binding pre-appointment hearings with nominees for key positions. The report clarifies the purpose of these hearings, which is to expose nominees to parliamentary and public scrutiny before the final ministerial decision on the appointment in order to increase the likelihood that those appointed will be effective in their accountability to Parliament and the public.The report also establishes criteria to determine which posts should be subject to these hearings and identifies major auditors, ombudsmen, regulators, and inspectors - as well as those responsible for the appointments system itself - along with appointments normally made on merit but where Ministers have chosen not to follow the usual processes.Finally, the report responds to concerns about involving select committees in public appointments, including several raised by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and proposes ways of managing the risks identified. It recommends that these risks should be managed largely through a framework of clear protocols to be agreed between the Government and the Liaison Committee and also by monitoring and reviewing the effect of the hearings on public appointments over time.
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