Public appointments

Published 26/06/2023   |   Last Updated 30/08/2023   |   Reading Time minutes

The Senedd is directly responsible for a small number of public appointments.

These include the Auditor General for Wales, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, and the Commissioner for Standards.

A relevant committee can speak to a candidate considered for those roles, to help it decide whether to support the appointment.

Pre-appointment hearings for Welsh Government public appointments

Since 2019, committees have also been invited to hold pre-appointment hearings for some high profile Welsh Government public appointments, such as those with a significant impact on the public.

For example, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales or the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

Hearings take place after a recruitment panel has chosen a preferred candidate, but before the appointment is made.

While a committee’s conclusions are not binding the hearings give the Senedd the chance to:

  • scrutinise the Welsh Government’s preferred candidate
  • endorse an appointment
  • raise concerns about an appointment before the preferred candidate is appointed.




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