§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that hon. Members are 1083W notified of appointments to new health authorities and trusts covering their constituencies; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 15 January 2002]: This is a matter for the National Health Service Appointments Commission. At present, all appointments to NHS boards are publicised locally by press release. I have also asked the commission to ensure that hon. Members are informed of all of appointments made to trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts which serve their constituencies.