§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the proportion was of(a) women and (b) black and Asian non-executive members of health authorities and 71W NHS trusts in May 1997; and what were the proportions appointed in (i) 1997–98, (ii) 1998–99, (iii) 1999–2000 and (iv) 2000–01. 
§ Ms Blears
The proportions of non-executive directors, including chairs, on the boards of national health service trusts and health authorities for each year since May 1997 who were women, or black or from an ethnic minority background, are shown in the table in percentage terms.
Percentage May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Proportion of non-executives and chairs who were women 39.8 42.6 48.4 49,3 49.2 Proportion of non-executives and chairs who were black or from an ethnic minority 5.8 7.8 10.5 11.8 12.4