§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he has any plans to introduce microfilming of the companies registration records in Scotland similar to that being undertaken for England and Wales.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
Approval has already been given for microfilming of the Scottish companies registration records in Edinburgh. The necessary equipment is on order, and it is expected that a start will be made in the next few months. The entire operation is likely to take just over two years. Filming will begin with the most recent files. Microfilm reading will be introduced progressively, and this will result in the present bulky files being withdrawn, in step, from general public use. It is hoped that in due course the Scottish public will benefit both from this improved presentation of information and from new search facilities.