§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the contract will be signed anent the PFI project at Larkfield, Greenock; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The Renfrewshire Healthcare NHS Trust is confident that it is within weeks of signing the PFI contract for the facility for Elderly and Young Physically Disabled at Larkfield Road in Greenock.
NHS in Scotland: Number of patients who received a first outpatient appointment within 9 and 18 weeks of referral Quarter ending 31March 1997 Quarter ending 30September 1997 Quarter ending 31March 1998 Quarter ending 30 September 19981 Within 9 weeks 166,633 173,591 180,054 161,275 Within 18 weeks 214,889 239,326 237,783 224,256 1 Provisional
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.