§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidelines the Government give to hospital trusts about openness and accountability.
§ Mr. Stewart
My noble and learned friend the Minister of State last month issued codes of conduct and accountability covering issues such as openness and accountability to all members of health boards and NHS trusts. Each board has been asked to adopt these codes at its next formal meeting. For new members, acceptance of the codes will be a condition of appointment. Arrangements have been made for copies of the codes to be available in the Library of the House.