§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place a copy in the Library of the Gwent health authority's report into the appointment of a senior manager in January; if he was consulted on the decision not to proceed with the report's publication on 12 July; if he has received a report back from his special independent observer on the working party of non-executive directors; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hague
No. The report was not published on legal advice and, since this was a decision for the authority to take, I was not consulted. The independent adviser does not report to me but provides advice to the sub-committee inquiring into the appointment and my Department is being kept informed of her views which are of necessity confidential. I support the authority's determination to publish a full and correct account and this will be done with as little further delay as possible.