Headlines, PublicNet: 21 July, 1997

The concern expressed in many quarters about appointments to Quango Boards and NHS bodies has been allayed by the Second Report of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The widespread belief that these appointments are not made on merit, but on political favour, have been conclusively disproved. The Report for the year ending in March 1997 shows that only 10.3% of appointees to the 1753 posts, declared political activity in the last 5 years. Of this number 5.9% had an affiliation with the Conservative Party and 3.3% with the Labour Party.The appointments extend across 230 executive non-departmental bodies and 654 NHS bodies. In total they have over 8000 Board members who have responsibility for spending some £40b in a year.

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