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Private Patients (Fees)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been written off in each health board in each of the past three years because of nonpayment of fees by private patients in the National Health Service in Scotland.

The information is set out in the following local legislation on well-precedented lines if local authorities feel it necessary to take action in the meantime.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what immediate steps he intends, by means of legislation or other measures, to deal with the increasing problem of nuisance created by dogs in public places.

Local authorities already have a wide range of byelaw-making powers which can be used to control dogs in public places. My right hon. Friend is considering whether the legislation necessary to replace the Burgh Police Acts, which expire at the end of 1982, should add to these powers. My right hon. Friend has at present no plans for any other measures.