§ 28. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had on his White Paper on "Scotland in the Union".
§ 35. Mr. Canavan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what response he has received on the White Paper, "Scotland in the Union—a Partnership for Good" (Cm 2225).
§ Mr. Ian Lang
I refer the hon. Members to the reply I gave today to the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion).
§ 30. Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made in implementing the proposals in his recent White Paper, "Scotland in the Union—a Partnership for Good" (Cm 2225); and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lang
Implementation of a number of the proposals contained in the White Paper is already in hand. For example local information points and a public inquiry unit should be operational by the summer; the new oil and gas office will be opened in Aberdeen later this year; preparatory work for the various transfers of responsibility from Whitehall to the Scottish Office is proceeding. As regards parliamentary aspects of the White Paper, proposals for the amendment of Standing Orders will be brought forward in due course.