The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Pre-release of Official Statistics

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) annually publishes statistics on the number of appointments and re-appointments to public bodies that fall within the remit of the Commissioner. The statistics for the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 have been designated as official statistics and have been compiled in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The headline statistics will be released on 22 September 2011 and will be followed by the publication of the Commissioner’s 2010/11 annual report in October 2011.


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 2002, as amended, (which revoked the 1995 and 1998 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” or “member” categories. (For the purpose of these statistics deputy/vice chairs are included as members.) In relation to these categories the information collected is as follows:

  • number of appointments made;
  • gender*;
  • ethnicity*;
  • age;
  • disability;
  • political activity by party (including details about levels of political activity);
  • number of reappointments;
  • whether the member of the public body holds more than one public appointment and, if so, how many.

*In addition, these categories are divided into remuneration bands.


  • The number and broad details of any complaints received, for the purpose of recording these in the Commissioner’s Annual Report.

Departments are required to record the above information on an Excel spreadsheet. Completed returns are collated and analysed by OCPA officials.

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

Leila Brosnan, 0207 276 2629, or
Sandra Campbell, 0207 276 2628

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