§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement anent waiting lists in(a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
On 31 December 1998, the number of patients waiting for inpatient and day case treatment at Inverclyde Royal NHS Trust was 2,083. On that date, the number of patients on the inpatient/day case waiting list in Scotland was 78,526, a reduction of 7.5 per cent. on the position at 30 September 1998.
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.