§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure political neutrality in appointments to the BBC Board of Governors. 304W
§ Tessa Jowell
[holding answer 25 June 2001]: Department for Culture, Media and Sport appointments follow the rules of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, which state that appointments should be governed by selection on merit and that political activity is not a consideration for appointment.