§ Jeremy Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to the Commission on Health Improvement on taking evidence from local trade union representatives when they are investigating local health facilities; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 25 February 2002]: We have given no guidance to the independent Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) on those bodies or individuals from whom it should take evidence when investigating local health facilities.
However, when carrying out a local review, CHI spends two days meeting with local people and non-statutory organisation with an interest in the national health service trust concerned. Stakeholders may include members of the public, voluntary and non-profit organisations, staff associations and trade union representatives.