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Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the current Government funding arrangements for hospices in Scotland; when they came into effect; and what changes are anticipated in the near future.

Many health boards in Scotland directly use the services of hospices on a contractual basis and others provide assistance by way of financial support or provision of supplies.

With effect from 1 April 1990, the support given to independent hospices will be increased to provide public funding of at least 50 per cent. of their running costs.