§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance is given to health boards on the European Acquired Rights directive 77/187 in relation to compulsory competitive tendering; and what plans he has to issue further guidance.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 5 February 1993]: The existing guidance to health boards on competitive tendering does not specifically refer to the 1977 directive. However health boards have been advised to consult the central legal office where they are uncertain about the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 which are derived from this directive.
Further guidance on best practice and procedures for market testing will be issued to health boards in the near future in line with the Government's White Paper "Competing for Quality" (Cmnd. 1730).