§ Mr. Derek Twigg
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were invited for interview for chair of the North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust; how352W
many of those invited for interview lived in Runcorn and Widnes; and if the acting chair of Halton Hospital NHS Trust was invited for interview. 
§ Mr. Denham
Five people were invited for interview for the post of chair at the new North Cheshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust, two of whom lived in the Runcorn and Widnes areas. The names of the candidates involved are held in confidence. The Department always attempts to ensure that the non-executives appointed to NHS boards represent the communities they serve. This will remain a prime consideration in the appointments made to the board of the newly merged North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust.