§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) whether tenders were invited for the supply of services now provided by Messrs. Grant Thornton to the health services unit in the Common Services Agency headed by Dr. David Steel;
(2) what steps he took to satisfy himself that Grant Thornton does not act as adviser to any person or organisation concerned in the provision or promotion of private health care or services to any part of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom;
(3) what services are provided by Grant Thornton to the health service unit of the Common Services Agency headed by Dr. David Steel; when it was engaged and on whose authority; and what is the amount of its fees rendered to date.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
My right hon. and learned Friend was not involved in the appointment of Grant Thornton by health boards jointly.