The Lord Chancellor's Department has begun its search for a new Information Commissioner, following Elizabeth France's decision not to seek an extension to her appointment.
Based in Cheshire, the successful candidate can look forward to pulling in around £85,000 a year from November.
Responsibilities include overseeing compliance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, and looking after 150 staff and a budget of £89m. The Commissioner is an independent officer appointed by the Queen.
France's decision to resign was rumoured to have followed clashes with Home Secretary David Blunkett over anti-terrorist legislation. She was said to be disappointed about the low priority given to data protection.
Initially France had promised a hard line on non-compliance with the DPA, but funding levels dictated that an educational, instructive role was subsequently adopted.
The Lord Chancellor's Department has been quick to reiterate the commitment to data protection, pointing out that the number of staff is set to double by 2005.
But rather than helping to enforce data protection legislation, the new appointments are likely to support the incoming Freedom of Information Act.
For those interested in applying see the www.lcd.gov.uk/foi/commissioner.htm website.
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