§ Mr. Moore
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each region and health board the level of total debt(a) in financial terms and (b) as a percentage of income in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The following table contains the information requested for 1997/98. Interest Bearing Debt (IBD) is held in NHS Trusts only and therefore no data are presented for the Island health boards. The information has been grouped by Trust within Health Board area. IBD is a technical term used to describe funds made available from the Government on the establishment of NHS Trusts. This debt is held wholly within the public service and no liabilities are owed to any external bodies.75W
IBD as at 31 March 1998 (£000) IBD as a percentage of total Income Ayrshire and Arran 94,759 47.8 Argyll and Clyde 101,664 42.9 Borders 29,800 47.8 Dumfries and Galloway 25,671 28.6 Fife 71,697 44.1 Forth Valley 78,216 50.8 Grampian 164,352 51.9 Greater Glasgow 272,412 36.9 Highland 58,967 45.3 Lothian 216,131 42.2 Lanarkshire 85,563 32.6 Scottish Ambulance Service 25,312 30.4 Tayside 142,199 45.4
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.