§ 33. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when a full orthodontic service is now likely to start in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
Mr. Edward Taylor
It is not yet possible to say when this service will start. Accommodation in which orthodontic treatment could be provided is available in the hospital, but the South-Eastern Regional Board has not yet found it possible to allocate money to cover the cost of adaptation and running costs taking account of other urgent projects in the region.
§ Mr. Gourlay
Is the Under-Secretary aware that this is another blatant example of passing the buck? Three years ago the local board could not find the accommodation. This has now been found by the regional board, but it cannot find the money. Will the Minister show some initiative and give some of the additional income which he is receiving from increased prescription charges to provide this full orthodontic service in Kirkcaldy?
I understand the hon. Gentleman's interest in the matter. I know that he has been pursuing it for some time. However, it is for the 1421 regional board to decide priorities and the allocation of available funds. The board is considering this project together with many other desirable projects in the region.