The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Pre-release notification (10 July 2014)

Update (16 July 2014)

The headline statistics will now be released on Friday 18 July.

Pre-release notification

The Commissioner for Public Appointments annually publishes statistics on the number of appointments and reappointments to public bodies that fall within the remit of the Commissioner. The statistics for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 have been designated as official statistics. The headline statistics will be released on 17 Jul 2014.


The role of Commissioner for Public Appointments was established in November 1995 on the recommendation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Lord Nolan.

The Commissioner is appointed by The Queen by Order in Council for the purposes of the Public Appointments Order in Council 2014 (which revoked previous Orders). The Commissioner is independent of both the Government and the Civil Service.

In order to meet the Commissioner’s obligation under the Order in Council, the Commissioner requires detailed information for inclusion in the Commissioner’s Annual Report at the end of the reporting year and for other specified purposes.

Departments are required to record and provide to the Commissioner the following information relating to new appointments and reappointments made between 1 April and 31 March.

Statistics are divided into ‘chair’ and ‘member’ categories. (For the purpose of these statistics deputy/vice chairs are included as members.) In relation to these categories the information collected is reported as follows:

  • · number of appointments and reappointments made;
  • · gender;
  • · ethnicity;
  • · disability status;
  • · age;
  • · declared political activity;
  • · whether the member holds more than one public appointment and, if so, how many.

Departments are required to record the above information on an Excel spreadsheet. Completed returns are collated and analysed by the Commissioner’s secretariat.

If you have any queries about the content of this statement please contact:

Terry Willows, 0207 271 0835

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