The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Sir David Normington's response to the Review and the Government statement (11 March 2016)

Sir David Normington has commented on the publication of the Grimstone report and the Government’s response:

“I welcome the decision to publish the Grimstone report but its proposals, if implemented in full, would be a step in the wrong direction. Their cumulative effect would be largely to remove the checks and balances recommended by Lord Nolan 20 years ago.

I welcome the Government’s commitment to consider views on the report and discuss it with my successor. There are serious questions to be asked about whether it gets the balance right between the power of Ministers to appoint and the Nolan principle of appointment on merit after fair and open process.”




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