§ 24. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations he has had with the South-Eastern Regional Hospital Board which, in a letter to hospital boards of management, has stated that two terms of four years should be regarded as the normal period 356 of service on such boards; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Noble
The appointment of board of management members is a matter for the regional hospital board, and I have had no recent consultations with the board about it. In 1960, my Department wrote to the board suggesting that it might wish to consider adopting the practice which I follow in relation to regional boards, which is not to reappoint members after two four-year terms unless there are special circumstances.
§ Mr. Gourlay
Does not the Minister agree that age and ability to make a worth-while contribution to boards of management should be the criteria to determine length of service rather than the arbitrary one of two terms of four years? Is not he embarrassed at the particularly "blue" tone of the complexion of the membership of the South-Eastern Regional Hospital Board?
§ Mr. Gourlay
Is the Minister suggesting that two members of one political party out of a board membership of 16 represents keeping the balance? Is he aware that the hospital at Kirkcaldy, which is the largest hospital in Fife, is not represented on the regional board and, since there are two vacancies, would he take steps to remedy this omission?