HC Deb 05 April 1951 vol 486 cc373-4
41. Mr. Mikardo

asked the Minister of Health what are the qualifications of Major General Lambert, who has just been appointed Chairman of the Berkshire Mental Hospitals' Committee.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Responsibility for this appointment rests with the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, but I understand that Major General Lambert has served as a member of the Committee and previously as a member of another mental hospital management committee in the area of a different board, by whom his services were strongly recommended.

Mr. Mikardo

Is my hon. Friend aware that this gentleman tendered his resignation after the first meeting of the committee three years ago, though it was not accepted; that he has since attended two other meetings and has taken no part in its proceedings, except once to correct someone who called him by the wrong military title? Does he consider that this is sufficient evidence of interest or knowledge of the hospitals in Berkshire to qualify this gentleman for the chairmanship?

Mr. Blenkinsop

While not accepting my hon. Friend's details of the qualifications of this gentleman, I would remind him that responsibility for these appointments rests with the regional hospital boards.

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