§ Sir David Steel
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the effects of the local government review on the number of trading standards departments in(a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
None. The effects will depend on the future number of local authorities and the arrangements made for trading standards functions to be carried out. Some authorities may join together to set up a combined trading standards department as have the five authorities in west Yorkshire.