§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will seek to amend the law relating to contact with the Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland to make it possible for citizens to make contact directly rather than via a councillor.
§ Mr. Ancram
The Government have no plans at present to introduce amending legislation, but we shall consider the comments of the Commissioner for Local Administration in his report for the year ended 31 March 1983 to see if there is further evidence of need for change to the present arrangements. These arrangements already allow the Commissioner to accept complaints direct if he is satisfied that a local authority member has been requested to refer a complaint and has not done so.