§ Mr. Collins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason no member of the board of the Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust was appointed to the board of the new merged Morecambe Bay Hospital NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Milburn
There can be no guarantee of non-executives from a merging trust being appointed to the new trust board. All appointments to the new Morecambe Bay Hospital National Health Service Trust were made on merit and in accordance with the Department's published procedures, copies of which are in the Library.