HC Deb 23 July 1996 vol 282 c233W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the licences issued by his Department; for what purpose they are issued; and what are the administrative costs for each. [38677]

Mr. Kynoch

The Scottish Office is responsible for administering the following two licensing arrangementsThe registration of residential schools providing care. This is a statutory requirement which acts as an effective control over proprietors and managers of establishments providing a significant degree of care to young and/or vulnerable children. Yearly approval of adoption societies. This is a statutory requirement for adoption societies to be approved by the Secretary of State on a yearly basis.

The administration of these licences represents only a small part of the overall administrative responsibilities of the departmental staff involved. It is therefore not possible to assign a specific cost to these particular activities.