§ Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to improve health in the City of Glasgow; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
In August 1997 I asked all Health Boards to begin preparing Health Improvement Programmes (HIPs) in collaboration with Trusts and General Practitioners. Greater Glasgow Health Board is close to finalising its HIP. This will set out specific measures to deliver care over the next 5 years effectively and efficiently in a way which puts the interests of patients first. Additionally, the HIP will set out a programme to tackle health inequalities in Glasgow and the causes of poor health in the people of Glasgow.
The Green Paper "Working Together for a Healthier Scotland" on tackling inequalities in health was published on 5 February with a consultation period that runs until 30 April. Strategies for action will be formulated after the outcome of the consultation is known.
The Glasgow Regeneration Alliance has been given direct financial support of £500,000 for 1998–99 to help to provide a staff support team to develop and implement a long-term strategy for the regeneration of the city. This strategy will be a comprehensive city-wide plan for the renewal of Glasgow and will involve all the partners in the Alliance.