(2) how many individuals applied for appointment as a non-executive board member of the new combined primary care trust in Sheffield; how many were shortlisted; whether the job specification required knowledge of, demonstrable commitment to, and previous experience of public service; and how many of the non-executive board members of the Sheffield Primary Care Trust live in the Brightside constituency.
The appointment of chairs and non-executive members of primary care trusts has been delegated to the Appointments Commission. Appointments are made against the person specification agreed by Ministers, copies of which have been placed in the Library. I have asked the Commission’s chair, Sir William Wells, to respond to my right hon. Friend’s specific questions.