§ 20. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Fife health board in response to directions to seek tenders from private contractors for catering and ancillary services in Fife hospitals.
§ Mr. John MacKay
When we consulted health boards early last year about the use of private contractors in the228W National Health Service, Fife health board expressed commitment to reviewing the cost-effectiveness of its services and drew attention to various practical issues of management and organisation in seeking tenders.