§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on any action he proposes to take in Scotland following the publication of the Black report on inequalities in health.
§ Mr. John MacKay
My Department was not involved in the preparation or publication of this report and I do not consider that any action is called for on my part. I would however expect that some of the general issues identified in that report in relation to the health care needs of different groups in the community will be considered by health boards in assessing their priorities in accordance with the recommendations of the report "Scottish Health Authorities Priorities for the Eighties" by the Scottish health service planning council.