§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent request he has received from 155W the Scottish Executive to transfer benefit expenditure to the Executive; and what consequential changes to benefit eligibility are implied by such requests. 
§ Maria Eagle
[holding answer 13 November 2001]: In September 2001, the Scottish Executive requested a transfer of resources from the Department in respect of their proposals on free personal care.
My right hon. Friend decided not to agree to their proposal. No further request has been received from the Scottish Executive.