HC Deb 11 January 1990 vol 164 cc727-8W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the current Government funding arrangements for hospices in Scotland; when they came into effect; and what changes are anticipated in the near future.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Many health boards in Scotland directly use the services of hospices on a contractual basis and others provide assistance by way of financial support or provision of supplies.

With effect from 1 April 1990, the support given to independent hospices will be increased to provide public funding of at least 50 per cent. of their running costs.