§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria were used in the selection of the new chair of South Birmingham Mental Health Trust; and which organisations were consulted about the selection; 
(2) what was the cause of the delay in appointing a new chair of the South Birmingham Mental Health Trust; and if she will make a statement; 
(3) which body recommended the appointment of the new chair of South Birmingham Mental Health Trust. 
§ Mr. Malone
Following a process of identification and formal assessment, a choice of suitable candidates for the chairmanship of the South Birmingham Mental Health National Health Service Trust was submitted to Ministers by West Midlands regional health authority. The RHA also undertook consultation with local Members of Parliament. Mrs. Anne Hingley was appointed as chairman of the South Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust on 1 March 1995 following her previous service as chairman of the Wolverly NHS Trust.