§ Mrs. Laing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the cost(a) in total and (b) by health board area for the introduction of primary care trusts and local health care co-operatives. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The introduction of Primary Care Trusts is part of the overall reconfiguration of NHS Trusts in Scotland that is expected to yield net savings of £6 million per annum. With mergers taking place in all 12 mainland Health Board areas, the saving per Board area will be £500,000 on average.
In 1998–99, just under £1 million was made available to mainland Health Boards to support the development of Local Healthcare Co-operatives.
Individual Health Board allocations are detailed in the table.
Health board Support for LHCCs 1998–99 Argyll and Clyde 100,000 Ayrshire and Arran 80,000 Borders 30,000 Dumfries and Galloway 70,000 Fife 70,000 Forth Valley 95,000 Grampian 90,000 Greater Glasgow 120,000 Highland 80,000 Lanarkshire 80,000 Lothian 101,500 Tayside 80,000 Total 996,500
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