§ Mrs. Roe
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland at what stage(a) drafts and (b) copies of letters from chief executives of agencies within his responsibility, in response to parliamentary questions, are submitted to Ministers.
§ Mr. Lang
The chief executives of my four agencies reply direct to parliamentary questions on matters delegated to them. It is not normal practice for chief executives" letters to be submitted to my office prior to reply. I do, of course, see chief executives" replies when they are published in theOfficial Report.