§ Mr. McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when, and in what form, the water authorities in Scotland will be returned to local democratic control. 
§ Mr. Dewar
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 5 June 1997 to my hon. Friend the member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Mr. Marshall),Official Report, column 233–34 and to the reply given on 26 June 1997 to my right hon. Friend for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaher (Mr. Stewart), Official Report, column 601–02.