§ 18. Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what response he has had to his most recent circular about privatisation of the National Health Service.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Health boards and the Common Services Agency are now preparing to put support services out to tender to meet the short-term programme outlined in the circular of 22 June and are considering their long-term programmes. We have asked for contracts in the short term to be concluded by March 1985 and for reports to be returned to us in April next year.