HC Deb 18 July 1984 vol 64 c227W
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.