§ Mr. Singh
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1 June 1997 and 31 May 1998 and (ii) 1 June 1998 and 31 May 1999; 
(2) how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1 June 1997 and 31 May 1998 and (ii) 1 June 1998 and 31 May 1999. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
The public bodies for which my right hon. Friend is responsible as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster are: the Advisory Committee on Advertising; the Advisory 607W Committee for Justice of the Peace in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside; the Better Regulation Task Force; and the Civil Service Appeal Board.
The details of appointments made are given in the table. However, while appointments have been made from members of ethnic minority groups, I am unable to disclose the numbers, as to do so would risk identifying individuals without their consent.
June 1997 to May 1998 June 1998 to May 1999 Advisory Committee on JPs 39 23 Advisory Committee on Advertising 0 6 Better Regulation Task Force 16 2 Civil Service Appeal Board 9 12
The Government have made some progress in increasing representation of women, members of ethnic minority groups and of people with disabilities. Full departmental plans on equal opportunities were published by the Government on 25 May 1999 and deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.