§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the local enterprise companies fulfilled their commitments to the guarantee and aim groups; and how he will assess whether the local enterprise companies have met these.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
[holding answer 14 October 1991]: Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the Government's guarantees and aim are met in their areas, through their contracts with the local enterprise companies. I have had no indications that these commitments are not being fulfilled. I have asked the chairmen of these bodies to write to the hon. Member to explain how they monitor the performance of local enterprise companies in meeting the Government's guarantees and aim.