MPs to vote on statistics board boss

MPs are to be given the right to vote on the appointment of the chairman of
the new independent statistics board in an attempt by Gordon Brown to remove
suspicion of political taint from controversial decisions.

The move, one of several constitutional reforms outlined by the prime
minister in a statement in the Commons, follows decisions such as excluding
Network Rail from the national accounts, thus taking its £2b financing off the
balance sheet.

Brown announced that a series of public appointments, including those of the
governor of the Bank of England and members of his monetary policy committee,
will in future be subjected to hearings by relevant select committees. They
will only have a veto over the statistics board appointment. In his case alone,
the appointment will be subject to a vote.

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