§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for what reason he was unable to agree to meet the regional chairman of Strathclyde children's panel as requested in a letter dated 8 March, to discuss the impact on disturbed and vulnerable children of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 15 April 1994]: The chairman of Strathclyde children's panel is one of a number of people concerned with the care of children who have made representations about the possible effects of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill. We take all such representations seriously. Unfortunately my right hon. Friend's ministerial commitments do not allow him to meet all those concerned with different aspects of the Bill, but the chairman and her fellow office-bearers have been offered a meeting with Scottish Office officials.