HC Deb 09 May 1960 vol 623 cc20-1
30. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Health how many times in the past three years the Leeds Regional Hospital Board has rejected the advice of the pre-interview advisory committee regarding the appointments to consultants' posts.

Mr. Walker-Smith

While the Board has not in every case followed the order of preference suggested by the advisory appointments committees, which it is not obliged to do, all appointments were made from candidates recommended as suitable by the committees concerned.

Mr. Craddock

Can the Minister say how the members of the Leeds Regional Board compare with those of other boards, and is heabsolutely satisfied that there is no discrimination on matters other than medical or clinical qualifications?

Mr. Walker-Smith

I am not sure that I heard the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question as closely as I should have liked. If, as I understood it, he asked me for a comparison with other boards, I could not without notice give a comparison with any other board, but if he would state precisely in what respects he wishes a comparison to be made, I will see what I can do to help.