Extension of term of Commissioner for Public Appointments

The Prime Minister has extended the term of the Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE as Commissioner for Public Appointments until 30 September 2021.

The recruitment process for the next Commissioner is close to conclusion and this short extension will allow for timely pre-appointment scrutiny of the government’s preferred candidate and a proper handover period between Commissioners.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said:

I am grateful that Peter Riddell has agreed to extend his tenure as Commissioner for Public Appointments for a short period, allowing good time for Parliament to undertake pre-appointment scrutiny of the government’s preferred candidate as the next Commissioner – once announced – and a smooth transition in this important role.

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