§ Mr. Donohoe
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the guidance circulars issued by his Department to the new unitary councils. 
§ Mr. Kynoch
[holding answer 23 November 1995]: Circulars issued by the Scottish Office to the new unitary councils have included the following:Local Government, Finance, CCT, Staff, Properly etcFinance Circular No. 15/95: Distribution of Grant to Shadow AuthoritiesSOEnvD Circular No. 11/95: Local Authorities (Allowances) (Scotland) Regulations 1995Finance Circular No. 16/95: Preparation of Notional BudgetsCircular Letter: Distribution of Grant to Shadow CouncilsCircular Letter: The Local Authorities (Staff Transfer) (Scotland) Order 1995SoEnD Circular No. 13/95: Outlining in detail the provisions of the Statutory Instrument suspending Compulsory Competitive Tendering during local government reorganisation.Finance Circular No. 19/95: Illustrative Grant Aided Expenditure Assessments (GAEs) for 1995-–96.69Wcircular Letter: The Local Government (Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 1995Circular Letter: The Local Government (Relevant Date) (Scotland) Order 1995Circular Letter covering decentralisation guidanceCircular Letter: Announcement of Publication of "Green Book" (Illustrative GAEs)Finance Circular No. 20/95: Notional BudgetsCircular Letter: The Local Authorities (Property Transfer) (Scotland) Order 1995 and The Local Authorities Property Commission (Scotland) Order 1995.Circular Letter: The Valuation Joint Boards (Scotland) Order 1995Circular Letter (issued by Scottish Office Pensions Agency): The Local Government (Compensation for Reduction of Remuneration on Re-organisation) (Scotland) Regulations 1995Finance Circular No. 22/95: Mismatch Problem Transitional SchemesCircular Letter: CCT and Local Government Reorganisation in ScotlandHousingCircular: Housing Management Compulsory CompetitiveTendering—Arrangements for Tenant Involvement and Consultation.Circular: List of Housing Circulars in force at 31 October 1995.Circular: A Baseline Study of Housing Management in ScotlandPlanningSOEnD Circular No. 15/95: The Town and Country Planning (Demolition Which is Not Development) (Scotland) Direction 1994.SOEnD Circular No. 18/95 Planning and Compensation Act 1991: Simplified Planning ZonesRoads etc.,Competing for Better Roads"–response to the consultation paper Laying of Records (Transitional Powers) (Scotland) Order 1995The Roads (Transitional Powers) (Scotland) Order 1995Circular Letter: Provision for routine and winter maintenance on the trunk road network (from 1 April 1996)Education etc.Circular No. 5/95: Local Government Etc. (Scotland) Act 1994: Local Government Reorganisation—Guidance on Education ProvisionsCircular No. 6/95: Local Government Etc. (Scotland) Act 1994: Guidance to New Authorities on their responsibilities for Community Education.Circular on provision of cultural and library servicesIndustryCircular concerning notification of Local Authorities State AidsCircular on the implementation arrangements of new urban regeneration policy arrangements under the programme "Policy for PartnershipSocial WorkSWSG 8/95: Cancellation of obsolete and superseded circularsSWSG 2/95: Local Government Etc., (Scotland) Act 1994—(Section 45) Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (Section 3)—Chief Social Work Officers: Responsibilities, Appointments and QualificationsSWSG 9/95: Community Service for Offenders: Revised National Objectives and StandardsSWSG 10/95: Local Government Reorganisation and Social Work ServicesSWSG 11/95: The Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) (Variation) (Scotland) Order 199570WSWSG 12/95: Criminal Justice Social Work Services: Options for Management and Organisation Arrangements (Shared Services)SWSG 13/95: Community Care: National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment Regulations 1995: Regulations and GuidanceSWSG 14/95: Criminal Justice Social Work Services: Standard requirements in Supervised Release OrdersSWSG 15/95: Local Government Etc. (Scotland) Act 1994: Children's Hearing SystemSWSG 16/95: Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1995: Commencement of Supervised Attendance Order ProvisionsSWSG 17/95: Children (Scotland) Act 1995: Commencement Order No.1SWSG 18/95: Children (Scotland) Act 1995: Implementation PlanPoliceCircular covering the issue of a new guidance booklet for members of the new police authorities.