§ Llew Smith
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of political affiliation in making appointments to non-departmental public bodies. 92W
§ Mr. Leslie
While information on the political affiliation of candidates is not collected, the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice requires information on political activity to be collected. In a small minority of cases there may be a need to create a political balance. This can usually be achieved by asking political parties to nominate candidates.