The Treasury Select Committee will have the power to veto the appointment of the new chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), Chancellor George Osborne has said.
Osborne told the committee he hopes the move will remove any doubt about the independence of the new tax and spending watchdog after its interim chairman Sir Alan Budd quit, according to the BBC.
The OBR was set up to end political interference in official forecasting, but has faced criticism over job cut figures which it was accused of altering to put a positive spin on the cuts.
Sir Alan firmly denied any political tampering when he appeared before the Treasury committee, although he has said the OBR should be moved out of its current office in the Treasury and staffed with more outside experts to remove any suspicions about its independence.
Sir Alan announced he was quitting as head of the OBR after just three months in the job amid claims he had fallen out with ministers over the degree of independence given to the body.
The Government said he had always planned to quit after it had produced his first set of figures.
Osborne said he is now advertising on the Treasury website for a replacement for Sir Alan, who he hoped would be in place by the end of September.
He told the committee: "This is the first time any select committee ever had a veto on an appointment.
"I want there to be absolutely no doubt this is an independent body and this person has the support and approval of the Treasury Select Committee.
"I also agree with Sir Alan Budd that the [OBR] office should move out of the Treasury".
He added the committee and the Chancellor would not be given the power to sack the head of the OBR, so they could be free to "make things difficult for the serving chancellor or indeed difficult for parliament".
He is also proposing future OBR chiefs have a "fixed five-year term".
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