HL Deb 15 March 2000 vol 610 c205WA
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is considered necessary or desirable to seek variation of the terms of the Trust for Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, now that it is being used exclusively as the residence for the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament. [HL1336]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale

All rights, liabilities and interests in Bute House which belonged to a Minister of the Crown were transferred to Scottish Ministers on 1 July 1999 by virtue of paragraph 3 of the Transfer of Property etc (Scottish Ministers) Order 1999 (SI 1999 1104). All matters relating to the terms under which Bute House is held and contact with the Bute House Trustees and the National Trust for Scotland are, therefore, for Scottish Ministers.