HC Deb 18 January 1999 vol 323 cc377-8W
Mr. Denis Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nominations have been received in calendar year 1998 for non-executive posts on NHS boards, indicating(a) the percentage of nominations which have been for (i) women, (ii) people with disabilities and (iii) people from ethnic minorities and (b) the number of persons who have been appointed to non-executive posts on NHS boards and the percentage of those who are (1) women, (2) people with disabilities and (3) people from ethnic minorities. [65038]

Mr. Denham

A total of 3,258 applications were received for appointments to be made in 1998 in response to a national advertisement and as a result of nominations by hon. Members and local authorities. Of these, 33.9 per cent. were from women, 3.2 per cent. were from those who declared they had a disability and 10.7 per cent. were people from the ethnic minorities.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State subsequently made 1,490 appointments in 1998 to National Health Service trusts and health authorities. Of these, 50.2 per cent. were women, 11.4 per cent. were from the ethnic minorities and 1.5 per cent. declared they had a disability.