§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet the controller of the Scottish ambulance service to discuss the efficient operation of services within(a) the Argyll and Clyde health board area and (b) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
My right hon. Friend the Minister of State meets the general manager of the Scottish ambulance service from time to time. He is accountable to the Common Services Agency for the performance of the Scottish ambulance service. Officials of the Scottish Office Home and Health Department regularly meet senior staff of the Common Services Agency and discuss measures aimed at improving response rates having regard to the resources made available.