§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the remit of the Homepoint group set up by Scottish Homes; and if he will make a statement on the progress of its work.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Homepoint is the result of action initiated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland to invite Scottish Homes to evaluate the quality and availability of housing information and advice. The remit of Homepoint is to improve the quality and scope of such advice in Scotland, working through local authorities, voluntary providers and the private sector. I understand that Homepoint has just issued its third newsletter and that this describes progress made to date; copies can be obtained from Scottish Homes.