HC Deb 23 February 1989 vol 147 c793W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the 92 members of the Mental Health Act Commission are members of ethnic minority communities; what are their ethnic origins; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman

At the moment the Mental Health Act Commission has 84 members of whom six are from ethnic minority communities, either Asian or Afro-Caribbean. It is Ministers' intention to increase ethnic minority representation on the commission and this is being actively pursued in the current round of appointments.