§ Mr. Galloway
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is the intention of the Scottish ambulance service to privatise the non-emergency services; and whether tenders are currently being sought for the private provision of these facilities.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
It is our intention to introduce competitive tendering for non-emergency patient transport. Consideration is currently being given to how this can be achieved but no tenders have yet been sought.