HC Deb 04 April 1995 vol 257 c1063W
Mr. George Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who appoints(a) chairmen and (b) members of health trusts in Northern Ireland; and what is the criteria for their appointment. [17267]

Mr. Moss

All appointments to the boards of HSS Trusts in Northern Ireland are made by the Department of Health and Social Services, with the approval of my right hon. and learned Friend. All appointments are made on the basis of merit and there are no formal criteria for appointment. However, those appointed are likely to have some or all of the following attributesan understanding of top management in a large organisation; a relevant specialist skill or knowledge; experience of the voluntary sector, preferably at senior management or committee level; living or working in the area to be served by the trust; willingness to give the necessary time commitment.