Since coming to Office in March 2011 the process for appointments to State Boards, has been administered, where appropriate, through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). PAS publicly invites Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified persons to fill vacancies, as they arise, on the boards of the various agencies within my Department’s remit. The most recent invitation took place in December. Appointments made on foot of Expressions of Interest have regard to the expertise and experience of individuals, the balance of skills and attributes in terms of the overall composition of the board, and the availability and commitment of people to serve on the board. The overriding focus is on getting the best people for particular board appointments. Notwithstanding the findings of any survey, I am both encouraged by the very strong level of response to invitations to serve on State Boards under my aegis and I am very satisfied with the high level of expertise available from among those who responded.