HC Deb 20 December 1995 vol 268 c1278W
27. Mr. Whittingdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received(a) seeking and (b) opposing independence for Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [5227]

Mr. Michael Forsyth

In the past six months I have received 44 representations on constitutional issues of which 37 favoured Scotland remaining within the United Kingdom. Of the remainder, two argued the case for an independent Scotland, and five for a multi-option referendum on Scotland's constitutional future.

28. Mr. Simon Coombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future relationship of the Government of the United Kingdom with the Scottish people. [5228]

Mr. Forsyth

The vast majority of Scots remain convinced that Scotland's best future lies within the United Kingdom. The Government agree with that view.