The Treasury Committee’s scrutiny of appointments Contents

1Appointments scrutinised by the Treasury Committee

1.The Treasury Committee currently scrutinises the following appointments:

On a pre-commencement basis

On a pre-appointment basis

2.The list above reflects the long history of the Treasury Committee in scrutinising appointments. An Institute for Government report on the role of Parliament in appointments noted that following the introduction of a role for the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in the appointment of the Comptroller and Auditor General in the 1983 National Audit Act:

The next major development came in 1997, when the Treasury Select Committee (TSC) announced its intention to hold “confirmation hearings... to establish whether those nominated to the new Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England fulfilled the criteria [of] demonstrable professional competence and personal independence of the Government”. It was hoped this would mean only suitable candidates would be put forward by the government and that the independence, credibility and competence of the Bank would be ensured.1

The 2010-15 Treasury Committee then broke new ground when the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 provided a ‘double lock’ on the appointment and dismissal of members of the Budget Responsibility Committee, with the Treasury Committee having to provide its consent for either action. This statutory ‘double lock’ on appointments was a first for any select committee.

1 Institute for Government, BALANCING ACT: The Right Role for Parliament in Public Appointments, Akash Paun and David Atkinson, March 2011, p13

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Prepared 24 February 2016