HC Deb 02 February 2004 vol 417 c692W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what declaration of political affiliation health board convenors are required to make. [152152]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments requires that all candidates for appointment to non-executive positions on the boards of public bodies are asked to make a declaration on any political activity undertaken (as opposed to political affiliation). This is for monitoring purposes only and the information is not passed on to sifting and interview panels considering candidates for appointment. Complaints convenors who are also non-executives will therefore have been asked to make such a declaration. However, those who are not non-executives will not have been asked.