14 December 2000
The appointment of Britain's next e-envoy has been delayed, with an announcement now unlikely until early next year.
The closing date for applications was 23 October and the new e-envoy was due to be announced on 23 November.
According to a Cabinet Office spokesperson, last week the government was in the stage of compiling a shortlist of candidates for interview.
Ian Taylor, head of procurement at the Halifax, said the delay probably reflected Whitehall's view of the role. "It could be that at this stage of e-commerce, government intervention is not seen as critical," he said. It was more important for departments to drive the agenda than have a "government official in Whitehall", he added.
The Cabinet Office spokesperson said the time for announcing the new e-envoy "all depended on a candidate's availability".
Andrew Pinder, former IT director at the Inland Revenue, became temporary e-envoy in October after Alex Allan's resignation for personal reasons.