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Chancellor announces preferred OBR chair


Institute for Fiscal Studies director Robert Chote has been announced as Chancellor George Osborne’s preferred candidate to chair the Office for Budget Responsibility.

The appointment, tipped in this week’s Money Marketing, is subject to a pre-appointment hearing before the Treasury select committee.

Chote (pictured) has been director of the IFS since 2002. He was previously adviser to the senior management of the International Monetary Fund in Washington and economics editor of the Financial Times.

Chancellor George Osborne says: “Robert Chote’s experience and suitability to become the first chair of the permanent OBR is beyond doubt.

“As director of the IFS, he has been one of the most credible independent voices on the public finances, taxation and public spending. I hope that the Treasury select committee will approve this appointment so that he can lead the OBR in its important work over the next five years.”

Chote says: “I am delighted to have been nominated by the Chancellor as the next chairman of the OBR and look forward to meeting with the Treasury select committee.

“The creation of the OBR is a great opportunity to ensure that the tax and spending decisions of this and future governments are informed by demonstrably rigorous and independent analysis of the outlook for the public finances and the economy.”

Treasury select committee chairman Andrew Tyrie says: “”I have no doubt members of the Treasury committee will wish to hold a pre-appointment hearing with Robert Chote very shortly, and I look forward to discussing it with them.”


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There are 6 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. What happened to the OBR being an autonomous and independent organisation, now the government are ‘hinting’ at candidates?

  2. @Anonymous, 1:41pm – what happened to people reading and understanding articles before commenting?

    The Chancellor has nominated someone, that person now needs to be validated by a non-partisan Treasury Select Committee. This is pretty standard stuff, no conspiracies here!

  3. Yeah, yeah, in the end, they get what/who thay want.

    The process is only for show.

  4. The Eternal Cynic 9th September 2010 at 3:42 pm

    and who selects the Treasury Select Committee.
    Non partisan.
    Smoke and mirrors
    No change

  5. The IFS and Robert Chote both have formidable reputations for excellence and impartiality. These qualities are needed for Chote to succeed in constant critical evaluation of data provided by and processed through the Treasury. I presume that he will give up his post at the IFS after confirmation.

  6. It’s a pity that the OBR will have no responsibility for overseeing how the FSA (mis)manages its financial affairs, which assuredly it should, given that the FSA ( is manifestly a government body, despite its continual denials of the fact.

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