§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will indicate in each case the occuption and political allegiance where known of the new district health authority chairmen, a list of whom he has placed in the Library.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Chairmen of health authorities are appointed for their personal qualities, not because of any position they may hold nor by virtue of political considerations. Political affiliations may be known in some cases but that information is not specifically sought. Similarly, no attempt is made to refine or update any occupational details provided. I regret therefore that the information sought by the hon. Member could be provided only at disproportionate cost.