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The health service in Scotland, this year expected to spend£4.2bn treating more than a million patients, will be u...
The health service in Scotland, this year expected to spend £4.2bn treating more than a million patients, will be under the spotlight in Inverness on April 22 when the Scottish Grand Committee makes its second visit to the Highland capital in three months.

The subject on this occasion is the choice of the Scottish National Party using the facility to debate issues in Scotland under the expanded role for the Grand Committee agreed by parliament after the last general election and further enhanced in November 1995.

This will be the eighth time the committee, made up of all 72 Scottish MPs, has met in Scotland in the present parliamentary session.

James Douglas-Hamilton, minister of state at The Scottish Office will open the debate in Highland Council Buildings, Inverness at 12.15pm and also close the discussion at 2pm. An adjournment debate will follow.

Earlier, commencing at 11.30am, members of the committee will have the opportunity to quiz ministers on a variety of dfferent topics in a 45-minute session of oral questions and answers.

The timetable for the Inverness sitting of the Scottish Grand Committee will be as follows:

1130 Oral Questions

1215 Debate on 'The health service in Scotland' opens

1400 Debate closes; adjournment debate begins

1430 Adjournment debate ends.

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