§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy as to how much information on competitive tendering may be given by health boards to hon. Members; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
This is essentially a matter for health boards, which will follow their normal procedures for deciding what information about their letting of tenders can be properly disclosed. Clearly it would be wrong for boards to reveal any matter covered -by commercial confidentiality, and there may be other aspects of the evaluation and assessment process which boards consider it inappropriate to disclose.