HC Deb 31 January 1996 vol 270 c801W
34. Mr. Robert G. Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what policies he is pursuing to expand PFI activities in Scotland. [10822]

Mr. Kynoch

Private sector alternatives must be fully considered for all capital spending for which the Scottish Office is responsible before public finance is made available. I have recently strengthened the private finance unit in the Scottish Office in order to help local authorities, in particular, take full advantage of the PFI.