§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the appointment of a new chairman for the English Sports Council. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
[holding answer 28 January 1999]: We advertised for a new Chair for the English Sports Council last September. We received an excellent response, and have been carefully considering the candidates in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. We will announce who is to be appointed as soon as we have finished the selection process.