HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c218W
19. Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he applies in respect of appointments to health authorities and trusts, with particular reference to political balance. [110871]

Ms Stuart

All candidates for these appointments must be able to demonstrate a strong personal commitment to the National Health Service and to the needs of their local community. Candidates are considered on their merits and the contribution they can make, not on their politics.

23. Mr. MacShane

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the selection and appointment system for posts in NHS trusts, authorities and boards; and if he will make a statement. [110877]

Ms Stuart

Appointments to NHS boards are widely advertised in the national and local press, as well as in publications aimed at ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. All candidates are considered according to Nolan principles and guidance issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.