§ Ms Rachel Squire
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by the Fife health board in the financial year 1995–96 on(a) tendering for services, (b) tendering for the north-east Fife services and (c) administrating the general practitioner fundholding scheme within the health board. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The additional costs incurred in 1995–96 by Fife health board on tendering for services in north-east Fife and for other services were around £4,000 and £1,100 respectively.
The work involved in any tendering process arid in administering the general practitioner fundholding scheme is regarded as part of the normal duties of relevant staff in Fife health board and no additional staff were employed specifically for this work.