HC Deb 17 April 1991 vol 189 c416
16. Mr. McKelvey

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications for health trust status he has received; and if he will list them.

Mr. Forsyth

At this point formal applications have been received from the south Ayrshire unit and the Royal Scottish national hospital.

Mr. McKelvey

In view of the unsatisfactory answer that the Minister gave to other hon. Members who asked a similar question, and given the fact that the vast majority of well-informed local opinion is opposed to the application, will the Minister give a simple and honest guarantee to the House? First and foremost, will he undertake an objective consultative process? Secondly, will he undertake that the results of that process will be looked at fairly and impartially? Thirdly, if the majority of those involved are not in favour of opting out, will he abandon or reject the request?

Mr. Forsyth

The answer to the hon. Gentleman's questions is yes, yes and no.

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