§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what responses he has received to the consultation paper issued by him in April 1986 on the future of part II of the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
My right hen. and learned Friend is grateful to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and other bodies and individuals who responded to the consultation paper. While there was general support in 251W principle for reassessing and modernising the present legislation, the general tenor of the responses did not indicate that this was seen as an immediate priority. We shall now make a detailed study of the comments received, and will announce in due course the action which it is proposed to take.