§ Mr. Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Scottish Pre-School Play Association concerning core grant funding; and when he expects to be able to respond. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The association has applied under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 for an increase in core funding from 1997–98. Its application is being carefully considered. We will shortly be advising it of the outcome at the same time as other grant applicants.