§ Sir Russell Johnston
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the places allocated to the United Kingdom in the Committee of the Regions will be allotted to Scotland; how he intends to ensure fair geographical distribution and fair political balance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
[holding answer 16 January 1992]: Membership of the Committee of the Regions will be determined unanimously by the Council of Ministers acting on a proposal from each of the member states. The committee is not expected to be established until 1993. Over the coming months the Government will be considering how the 24 United Kingdom seats will be allocated as between the different parts of the United Kingdom and how those seats should be filled.