§ Mr. Bill Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when full responsibility for Caledonian sector will be transferred from the Scottish Office to the Home Office; whether this will result in staff redeployment; and what is the expected net cost or gain to be made from this transfer.
§ Mr. John Patten
Full responsibility for Caledonian sector will be transferred when the detailed arrangements 133W have been finalised. The staff affected and the departmental trade union sides have been consulted, although no staff redeployment is likely to be involved. There is no expected net cost or gain from this proposed transfer.