The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Pre-release of official statistics 2011/12

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 2011 to 31 March 2012 have been designated as official statistics. The headline statistics will be released on 18th September 2012 and will be followed by the publication of the Commissioner’s 2011/12 annual report.


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’ 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.



The Commissioner also requests information on the number of complaints received, if any, with the principle of the Code said to have been breached.


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:

Terry Willows, 0207 271 0835, or
Lisa Ollerhead, 020 7271 0859

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