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Annual Report 2010 - 2011

The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Annual Report for 2010-11 is published today.

The report covers the period April 2010 to March 2011. Dame Janet Gaymer served as Commissioner for Public Appointments until 21 December 2010, when her non-renewable five year term of office came to an end. Mark Addison was interim Commissioner for Public Appointments, and also First Civil Service Commissioner, for the period 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2011.

The report contains a range of statistics on the 1871 appointments and reappointments made to the public bodies regulated by the Commissioner. The statistics show:

  • A further reduction in the number of appointments and reappointments to regulated public bodies. 1871 appointments and reappointments is lower than last year, when the figure was 2239, and is the lowest number reported in the last ten years.
  • A higher percentage of appointees and reappointees are women: up to 36.4% from last year’s 34.7%.
  • The proportion of appointees and reappointees who declared a disability has increased from last year’s 3.9% to 7.7% this year.
  • The proportion of appointees and reappointees from ethnic minority backgrounds has decreased very slightly from 7.0% to 6.8%.
  • There has been an increase in the proportion of appointees and reappointees declaring political activity: up to 10.3% from last year’s 8.4%. The Labour Party remains the party with the most declarations, though its percentage has declined; while those of the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and other parties, have increased.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments Annual Report 2010-2011

Notes to Editors

  1. Interview requests and media enquiries about the work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments should go to Maggie O’Boyle on 07880 740627
  2. Copies of the annual report are downloadable from http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk
  3. The post of Commissioner for Public Appointments was created in 1995 following a report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Lord Nolan.
  4. The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates and reports on Ministerial appointments to those public bodies within the Commissioner’s remit. The Commissioner does not make public appointments. The Commissioner is independent: neither part of Government, nor a civil servant. The Commissioner is appointed by The Queen under an Order in Council
  5. Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC served as Commissioner for Public Appointments for England and Wales from January 2006 to December 2010.
  6. The current Commissioner for Public Appointments is Sir David Normington who began his five year term of office on 1 April 2011. He is also First Civil Service Commissioner.

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