§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the intended status of the letter from his Department to health board general managers, dated 10 December 1987, and issued over the signature of Hugh Morrison.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The letter of 11 December 1987 conveyed to boards and the Common Services Agency the action which boards are required to take to invite competitive tender for certain NHS support services. The letter makes it abundantly clear that boards are to comply with its terms.