HC Deb 23 February 1989 vol 147 c793W
Mr. Sean Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the criteria used when exercising the right of choice between different nominations from local authorities for a family practitioner committee.

Mr. Mellor

In appointing members of family practitioner committees our overriding aim is to find suitable candidates for the job. We also seek to achieve a balanced representation among members of age, sex, geographical spread, professional and other experience. In the case of the local authority vacancies arising on 1 April 1989, neither St. Helens metropolitan borough council nor Knowsley metropolitan borough council offered, at first, a choice of candidates. I am glad to say that St. Helens MBC has this week offered a choice and I hope to make an appointment very shortly.

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