§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to issue guidelines anent trust board committees being open to the public; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) (National Health Service Trusts) Order was laid before Parliament and became effective on 6 February 1998. This made it statutory for all UK NHS Trusts to hold their Board meetings in public. Guidance from the Management Executive of the NHS in Scotland on the implementation of this amendment, with particular regard to Committees of Trusts, was issued to the main health bodies in Scotland on 15 April and 5 June. Copies of this guidance have now been placed in the Library of the House.