§ 35. Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for promoting Scotland during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Community.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
The holding of the European Council in Edinburgh in December offers a tremendous opportunity for promoting Scotland on a world stage. The Scottish Office is working with a number of other organisations to ensure that the most is made of that opportunity. A co-ordinated media strategy is in place, which includes a programme of visits to Scotland by foreign journalists. Scotland is also playing a major role in the programme of presidency special events, of which over 25 have or will take place in Scotland.