§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of appointments to health trusts and authorities by the NHS Appointments Commission have been(a) women and (b) black or Asian. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The latest figures available (for April 2002) show that since the National Health Service Appointments Commission was established, 44.6 per cent. of appointments made to NHS boards have been women, and 8.9 per cent. from black and ethnic minority communities.