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.
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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