§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what views he has received since the publication of the Montgomery report regarding the problems of island authorities; and what policy he is formulating over its proposals.
§ Mr. Ancram
My right hon. Friend has received a large number of responses to his invitation to interested parties to submit comments upon the report, including submissions from each of the islands councils. The committee's recommendations, and the views received on them, are now being considered, and we shall announce our conclusions as soon as possible.