HE story of the week has been the debacle over the appointent of Professor Les Ebdon as Director of the Office for Fair Access.
After a drawn out recruitment process Vince Cable and David Willetts had settled on Les Ebdon and put his name forward for ratification by the House of Commons Select Committee for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Select Committee roundly rejected their nomination.
I hope the Secretary of State follows due process and re-opens the selection process after this decision, for one straightforward reason. I believe that offering select committees the right to ratify nominations to key public bodies is a very good thing, it makes the whole process more transparent and legitimate and strengthens Parliament.
I think it is ironic that those same people who have called on Vince Cable and David Willetts to ignore Parliament on this were crying foul two weeks ago when the HE Bill was scrapped because they objected to the Ministry bypassing democratic scrutiny! You can’t have it both ways.