§ Sir CHARLES MacANDREW
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland 2001W whether he has considered the criticisms of the Scottish Central After-care Council, contained in the report of the Committee on Employment of Prisoners (Part II); and what conclusion he has reached upon the matter?
§ Sir G. COLLINS
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I have met representatives of the council and after hearing their views I have assured them, in relation to the criticisms in the report, that the council retains my fullest confidence and that I value the active interest taken by the council in its work.