HC Deb 10 April 1975 vol 889 cc469-70W
Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many senior officials in the Scottish Office are now employed on work connected with the Government's devolution policy.

Mr. William Ross

I refer to the replies which I gave the hon. Member for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire (Mr. Reid) on 18th November 1974 and 29th January 1975—[Vol. 881,Col. 333; Vol. 885, col. 195]—when I explained that a number of senior officials in the Scottish Office under the direction of the Permanent Under Secretary of State are concerned with aspects of devolution, the work being co-ordinated through a special administrative division. Arrangements have now additionally been made for an Under Secretary to work full-time on devolution matters.

ment until 31st December 1979, and, where there are special reasons, for even longer. By April 1978 we will need to permit packs designated in metric quantities to be marketed, though we retain the right to require an imperial marking in addition.

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