§ Mrs. Laing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Boundary Commission concluded its review of the boundaries of each local authority area in Scotland; and if these have been approved. 
§ Mr. McLeish
The Local Government Boundary Commission submitted its final report relating to the Third Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements in October 1998. The necessary orders implementing the recommendations with modifications have been made for all 32 Scottish councils and will take effect for the local government elections in May 1999. A statutory review of the Administrative boundaries is not scheduled to commence until 2004.
From 1 July 1999 this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.