Appointment of the Children's Commissioner for England - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents

Appendix 1

Letter to the Chairman from the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families

On 7 June we launched the recruitment process for the role of the Children's Commissioner for England. After being identified by the recruitment panel as the strongest candidate at the end of a very competitive and rigorous recruitment process, I am writing to inform you that I have nominated Maggie Atkinson to be the next Children's Commissioner. I attach Maggie's CV and contact details for your information.

I am pleased to invite the Children, Schools and Families Committee to hold a pre-appointment hearing. I understand that officials in my Department have been in touch with the Committee Clerk to arrange a provisional slot next week. I met with Maggie last week and she is aware of the provisional date and time of the hearing and officials here have equipped her with guidance and information on how the hearing will be conducted.

I enclose a short memorandum for the Committee which contains the background to the role and information on the recruitment process.

I look forward to your embargoed report on the hearing which I will consider carefully. This is in line with the guidance supporting the new proposals to increase democratic scrutiny of key public appointments.

October 2009

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