§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in(a) 1997–98 and (b) 1998–99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down. 
§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
The following appointments or reappointments were made to FCO non-departmental public bodies in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
1997 1998 1999 Total number of appointments 33 54 21 Male 24 35 14 Female 9 19 7 Of White origin 33 47 18 Of Black origin — 3 — Of Asian origin — 3 3 Other — 1 —
- Mr. D. A. Thompson
- Baroness Shirley Williams
- Sir R. Braithwaite
- Baroness Kennedy
- Sir Keith Morris; of White origin
- Ernie Ross MP1; of White origin.
Information on the ethnic origin of individuals appointed before 1 April 1999 was given in confidence. We cannot therefore disclose it.1 Mr. Ross was appointed by the Secretary of State as one of 13 governors of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. The governors in turn elect one of their number, in this case Mr. Ross, to act as chair.