Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Public Bodies (Appointments) on 23rd February 1987.
Mr. Alfred Morris Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the public bodies for which he is responsible on which the consideration of the appointment or co-option of a person with knowledge of disability is a statutory requirement; if he will name the persons so appointed or co-opted on each body; and if he will indicate which of those persons is a person with a disability.
Mr. Major [pursuant to his reply, 21 January 1987 c. 613–14]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is responsible for one body where the appointment of a person with knowledge of disability is a statutory requirement. That body is the Social Security Advisory Committee which contains at least one such person.
In addition, my right hon. Friend has responsibility for the Central Advisory Committee on War Pensions, together with the local war pensions committees, of which there are 81. The central committee is required to contain at least one disabled war pensioner; the local committees contain at least four representatives of disabled ex-service men.
I regret that the need for personal confidentiality prevents me from naming the persons who fulfil the above statutory requirements.