Ed Miliband Strengthens Democratic Over-Sight of Quangos

Does Gordon know about this? Ed Miliband announced yesterday that parliament will oversee 60 senior appointments to Quangos and Agencies:

“Pre-appointment hearings by select committees are part of the Government’s desire to make the executive more accountable to Parliament. Regulators, Ombudsmen and other public bodies exercise significant power over people’s lives and it is right that the appointment of these powerful posts should be subject to scrutiny by Parliament. I hope that hearings for appointments to the sixty key posts will help ensure a high standard of accountability and service to the public.”

Seems like a good idea, though it might be tricky for future Information Commissioners. Seems likely parliamentarians would rather have a tame Commissioner than a feisty priser open of their secrets…

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