Pre-Appointment Hearings: Promoting Best Practice Contents




1 Development of pre-appointment hearings

Origins of pre-appointment hearings

Pre-appointment hearings since 2008

Scrutiny of Public Appointments and the Grimstone Reforms

The Grimstone Review

2 The purpose of pre-appointment hearings

The implications of the Grimstone reforms for pre-appointment hearings

Negative Reports

3 Which posts should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny?

4 Pre-appointments and diversity

Gender, ethnicity and other protected characteristics

“Westminster insiders”

Impact of pre-appointment hearings on diversity

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex A: Proposed Revised Liaison Committee Guidance

Annex B: Posts proposed to be added to the Cabinet Office list in evidence

Annex C: Draft of a proposed new standing order

Appendix 1: Cabinet Office’s “List of Public Appointments subject to pre-appointment hearings”

Appendix 2: Model questionnaire for preferred candidates

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 17 September 2018