§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to amend the laws on drinking alcohol in public places; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
We have no such plans. In 1993, following an experiment in three authority areas, we invited all local authorities to consider making byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places. Byelaws require the confirmation of my right hon. Friend and are already in place in parts of Dundee, Motherwell and East Kilbride. Many other authorities, including Renfrew district council, are working up proposals.