§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he proposes to appoint a new chairman of the Nottingham Health Authority; for how long the post has been left vacant; and for what reasons it has been left vacant since the retirement of Sir David White. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The regional chairman will shortly be making further recommendations to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the chairmanship of Nottingham Health Authority. This post has been vacant since 1 April 1998 while suitable candidates were identified and interviewed.