HC Deb 01 March 1996 vol 272 c742W
Mrs. Lait

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he gives to health authorities and health trusts on the number of women appointees as non-executive directors. [18304]

Mr. Malone

An equal opportunities policy is adopted in the selection process for appointments. Under the Opportunity 2000 women in the national health service initiative we have set a goal to increase the number of women appointed to health authorities and NHS trusts to 43 per cent. by 30 September 1998. Currently the national percentages of women non-executive appointments is 41.62 per cent. for NHS trusts, 51.45 per cent. for district health authorities and 36.6 per cent. for family health services authorities.