Appointment of Robert Chote as Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility - Treasury Contents


We consider that personal independence and professional competence are the criteria we should use in assessing the suitability of the proposed Chair of the OBR. Personal independence is particularly important in this post. The close association between the Government's budget and the work done by the OBR means that the integrity and independence of the Chair must be beyond question if the OBR is to fulfil its purpose of increasing confidence in the statistics produced by government, and the economic analyses underlying policy decisions.

We consider it particularly important that the Chair of the OBR should have the approval of the Committee. Involving this Committee in the appointment process is a significant step in ensuring that the preferred candidate is indeed independent.

We are satisfied that Robert Chote has the professional competence and personal independence to be Chair of the OBR. We wish him every success in his new role.

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