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NATIONAL CONSUMER COUNCIL: APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

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Deirdre Hutton will become the vice-chairman of the National Consumer Council from 31 January 1997. Announcing the ...
Deirdre Hutton will become the vice-chairman of the National Consumer Council from 31 January 1997. Announcing the appointment today John Taylor, minister for corporate and consumer affairs said:

'I am very pleased to be able to make this appointment. Deirdre Hutton has an excellent track record in the field of consumer representation, both through her activities as a member of the National Consumer Council and as chairman of the Scottish Consumer Council. I am confident that as a team she and the chairman, David Hatch, will ensure that the NCC continues to produce good work of benefit to consumers throughout the UK.'

'Mrs Hutton's appointment is for a period of three years and she will continue to hold the post of chairman of the Scottish Consumers Council.

In her role as chairman of the Scottish Consumer Council Mrs Hutton is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the interests of consumers in Scotland. As a member of the National Consumer Council she has represented those interests in a UK context as well as bringing to the council specific expertise in the areas of economic affairs and financial services. She is a member of the Personal Investment Authority's Consumer Panel and, since 1995, been deputy chairman of the Personal Investment Authority's Ombudsman Bureau.

Her active participation in consumer issues began in the mid-eighties since when, among other roles, she has been a member of the Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum, a member of the Committee on Reporting introducing new forms of reporting to parents on their childrens' progress, a Lay Member for Scotland of the General Dental Council, a member of the Wilson Committee which established the new complaints procedures for the National Health Service and a member of the Music Committee of the Scottish Arts Council.

Other current positions held by Mrs Hutton include that of chairman of the Rural Forum Scotland Ltd, whose aim is to ensure that the interests of all rural organisations are heard as clearly as those operating in urban areas, and membership of the Parole Board for Scotland.

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