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Area Health Authorities (Chairmen)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how the chairmen of area health authorities are appointed; and if he is proposing any changes in the present practice.

Schedule 1 to the National Health Service Reorganisation Act requires me to make these appointments, and I have no proposals to alter this requirement. Although there is no statutory obligation on me to consult on these appointments in practice I do so. I am also happy to consider suggestions from individuals or bodies I have not consulted, Appointments fall to be made on 1st August 1977.