asked the Minister for the Civil Service what consultations he has had with the Civil Service unions and the First Minister of the Civil Service on the proposal to subject civil servants in Scotland to a Scottish Assembly.
No decisions have yet been reached on the supporting administrative arrangements for devolution to a Scottish Assembly. There have been preliminary discussions between the officials and staff sides at both national and departmental level on the implications of devolution for the Civil Service and the staff associations have been assured that there will be full consultations with them on this.
Is there a clear undertaking that at all stages there will be discussions?
I am happy to give my hon. Friend the undertaking that as far as practicable I shall seek to ensure that adequate and full discussion is afforded the staff at each stage of the discussion of the administrative arrangements which will flow from devolution.