Ministers make a large number of appointments to regional and national
bodies each year. These bodies, often referred to as "Quangos", have
a role to play in the running of the country. They act to a greater
extent or lesser extent at arms length from Ministers, although Ministers
remain accountable for the bodies performance.
Appointees come from all walks of life. They are selected for their
ability to make a contribution to the effective running of the body.
The skills and experience required of appointees are varied. They
include being able to contribute to decision making at a strategic
level, having professional experience in a particular field, or representing
consumer interests on matters such as financial services.
The terms of appointment vary considerably. Some require a full time
commitment, others just a few hours each month. Many appointments
are unpaid, some attract a daily fee, others an annual payment.
This site gives information on the following Chancellor's Departments'
Court of Bank of England