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Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Standing Consultative Council on Youth and Community Service, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Health Education, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the

Members
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpenses
££££
1979–8016011160
1978–7913511135
1977–78401240
1976–7711212112
1975–7612
Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Advisory Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsNumber of personnel involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
£££££
1979–80
1978–79
1977–78173·6811173·68
1976–77
1975–76358·9311358·93
The Scottish Agricultural Advisory Council was disbanded on 31 December 1978. Members' expenses in 1977–78 were £174. Part-time secretarial services were provided by staff of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Business Education Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the

latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish United Services Museum Advisory Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1978–79544,904Nil58Nil229,57219,729*
1977–78476,981Nil56Nil182,78917,711*
1976–77390,089Nil57Nil165,57915,217*
1975–76253,179Nil57Nil166,63513,885*
1974–75277,549Nil56Nil112,8899,506*
* Separate figures are not available for members' expenses, which are included in this column.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Medical Practices Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costs*Amount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–8020,33189,5152,8377,979
1978–7917,93787,6503,5156,772
1977–7813,68486,5151,5005,669
1976–7713,27186,6651,4405,166
1975–7612,00186,0001,5004,501
* The accommodation and administrative costs of the committee are included with those of the Common Services Agency.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Sheriff Court Rules Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

It would involve disproportionate expenditure to seek to establish information in the form requested. The council consists of 14 members who are all unpaid but who receive travel and subsistence allowances for attendance at meetings, which are held about once monthly. The council has

members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:no power to incur expenditure. The secretary is a sheriff clerk who discharges that function as part of his full-time employment in the Scottish courts administration.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Valuation Advisory Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

Members
Calendar yearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpenses
££££
1979332Nil15Nil332
1978146Nil15Nil146
1977206Nil15Nil206
197624Nil13Nil24
1975NilNil13NilNil
19747Nil15Nil7
A principal in the Scottish Office acts as secretary to the council but is mainly employed on other duties and receives no separate remuneration in respect of his council function.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Research and Education, the amount disbursed by

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–80220,87240038½(c)1,63088,7002,565
1978–79200,60357038½(c)1,16868,3801,475
1977–78189,52625039½(c)1,04662,7111,064
1976–77159,80944839½(c)89961,9681,395
1975–76112,02125439½(c)53038,965968

Notes:

  • (a) Expenditure figures for 1979–80 are provisional.
  • (b) The costs of contract research are excluded from columns 2, 7 and 8.
  • (c) Including 21 council members.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical Education, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–8083,16560,088374,73058,7972,517
    1978–7976,52872,901364,15349,5402,826
    1977–7863,11394,717363,32044,4352,192
    1976–7763,78620,911362,99341,6912,810
    1975–7659,28416,436362,90839,1474,736

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Educational Technology, the amount disbursed

    that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categor-ies in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1978–79623,14132,057164(c)392,223
    1977–78476,65429,073154Not339,435Not
    1976–77473,0948,590156Available330,075Available
    1975–76406,10111,432159Centrally286,206Centrally
    1974–75268,15011,419155216,492

    Notes:

  • (a) Figures not yet available for 1979–80.
  • (b) The Council, which incorporates the Scottish Film Council, was established in October 1975. The information for 1974–75 and part of 1975–76 is for the Scottish Film Council only.
  • (c) Including 45 council members. In previous years (he number of members fluctuated between 38 and 45.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for,

    MembersStaff
    Calendar yearTotal costs*Amount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesFees and salariesExpenses
    ££££££
    19792,447,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,5871,545,000184,000
    19782,159,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,3921,388,000164,000
    19772,047,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,2301,319,000136,000
    19761,873,000Nilc. 11,000Nil9901,213,00099,000
    19751,514,000Nilc. 11,000Nil1,0291,003,00080,000
    19741,102,000Nilc. 11,000Nil804739,00067,000
    * Figures shown are current running costs of the Board and the SCE Examinations. Capital expenditure over the whole period 1974–79 amounted to £705,000, mainly incurred in connection with the Board's move in 1975 to larger offices at Dalkeith.
    † These totals comprise some 200 unpaid members of the Board and the various subject panels 106 permanent members of staff (as at 31 December 1979), up to 500 additional staff engaged on a seasonal basis to cope with peaks of activity in connection with each year's examinations, and around 10,000 individuals who act on a fee-paid basis, as setters, examiners, invigilators and markers.
    ‡ Sums paid in respect of the permanent, seasonal and fee-paid staff of the Board.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Development Council, the amount disbursed by the body, the number of persons, including

    The information is as follows:respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses, and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–801,614Nil12Nil1,614
    1978–791,740Nil12Nil1,740
    1977–781,514Nil10Nil1,549
    The Council was reconstituted on 1 April 1977 as an advisory body. Part-time secretarial services are provided by staff of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland in the course of their normal duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Tourist Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of

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    Salaries or Equivalent
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedMembersStaffExpenses
    £000£000£000£000£000
    1979–802,5921,6501352286981
    1978–792,1521,3001261470270
    1977–781,6521,0561221260265
    1976–771,4897751151153164
    1975–761,211967107946243

    Notes:

    Col 2 comprises all expenditure by STB including expenditure on promotion, marketing, publications, but excluding that under column 3.

    Col 3 comprises expenditure on financial assistance to tourism projects and hotel development Incentive scheme only.

    Col 4 includes the chairman and six board members who serve part time.

    Col 7 comprises expenditure on travel and subsistence by members and staff.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Sports Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involved*Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–801,176,8001,651,7001733,3007,700779,20031,700
    1978–791,129,4001,370,0001712,4004,200667,10028,900
    1977–781,039,900860,1001682,9003,600578,60022,400
    1976–77856,500870,8001633,5005,200535,30018,300
    1975–76817,000678,1001643,5003,200465,10015,400
    * Including members of the council, of whom there were 23 in 1979–80.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total

    payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as fallows:payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Dental Estimates Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–8018,560717,985575
    1978–7914,237714,106131
    1977–7813,668713,57989
    1976–7713,191712,830361
    1975–7613,933713,430503
    1974–759,35188,765586
    The support services of the board are provided by the staff of the Common Services Agency.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the rent assessment panels—(Scotland)—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and

    (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80158,111Nil20138,1534,958115,000*
    1978–79154,422Nil19240,9654,457109,000*
    1977–78135,199Nil20336,5025,69793,000*
    1976–77141,701Nil22542,7703,93195,000*
    1975–76115,052Nil22518,9013,15193,000*
    * Included in (e).

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involved*Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80963,973156119767,3635,031
    1978–79873,18715633692,4644,065
    1977–78803,59315533637,7863,326
    1976–77705,58415531610,0173,006
    1975–76643,06515558555,9161,913.
    * Including 29 members of the board of governors, full-time staff and the full-time equivalent of part-time staff.

    and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The Rent Assessment Panel for Scotland comprises (currently) 190 members from whom rent assessment committees are formed as required. Members are paid a per diem fee for their services plus travelling and subsistence allowances. The following table gives the detailed information requested.members of the body by way of salary or equivalent expenses of members and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Red Deer Commission, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costs*Amount disbursedNumber of personnel involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80117,541‡Nil13 members 12 staff5,9195,09755,72415,124
    1978–7991,137Nil13 members 12 staff4,1913,53343,65614,739
    1977–7876,116Nil13 members 12 staff3,9462,93238,6619,306
    1976–7772,844Nil13 members 12 staff3,4652,32436,8089,193
    1975–7668,754Nil13 members 12 staff3,4652,38932,7646,953
    * Gross Costs: There is however revenue, from sale of carcases, as follows:— 1979–80—£5,483; 1978–79—£15,960; 1977–78—£5,671; 1976–77—£13,273; 1975–76—£11,231; 1974–75—£9,007.
    † Includes 1 part-time member of staff.
    ‡ Provisional.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the river purification boards—(Scotland)—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and

    Number of persons involvedMembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costs(1)Amount disbursedMembersStaffSalaries or equivalent ExpensesExpensesSalariesExpenses
    £ million£££££
    1979–802·3Not applicable180Not availableSee Note (2)See Note (3)
    1978–792·2Not applicable180272See Note (2)See Note (3)
    1977–78.2·0Not applicable180261See Note (2)See Note (3)

    for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The river purification boards are independent bodies performing a statutory local function and I am responsible only for appointing one-third of their members. The available information is as follows:

    1976–772·3Not applicable180257See Note (2)See Note (3)
    1974–75See Note (4)

    Notes:

    (1) Capital plus current costs at 1979 survey prices.

    (2) Members are entitled to allowances in accordance with the provisions of sections 45–47 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Details of such payments can only be obtained from the individual Boards.

    (3) Details of staff salaries and expenses are included in Boards' annual reports and are not held centrally.

    (4) Comparable figures prior to 1975–76, when boards were reconstituted, are not available.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the prison review committees—Scotland—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in ail the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    By "Prison Review Committees" I take my hon. Friend to mean "local review committees".Members of local review committees are unpaid but may claim travelling and subsistence expenses and financial loss allowance at the normal rates. Not all members claim the expenses or allowance to which they are entitled. The committees makes no disbursements.The following table shows the number of committees in each of the last five financial years, the number of members (excluding governors, who are members

    ex officio) and the total cost of payments made to members:

    Members

    Year

    Total Financial Costs

    Amount Disbursed

    No. of Persons Involved

    Salaries or Equivalent

    Expenses

    ££££
    1979–80230Nil25Nil230
    1978–79531Nil25Nil531
    1977–78283Nil25Nil2S3
    1976–77120Nil25Nil120
    1975–76Not availableNil36NilNot available
    Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

    Year

    Number of committees

    *

    Number of members

    Payments to members

    £
    1975–769572,473
    1976–7710653,549
    1977–739614,722
    1978–799613,812†
    1979–8010677,2711†

    * The fluctuation in the number of committees reflects the changes in establishments having inmates eligible for parole. e

    † The figures for 1978–79 and 1979–80 are distorted because of Civil Service industrial action which caused a substantial number of payments to be delayed.

    It is not possible to distinguish payments by way of financial loss allowance from travelling and subsistence payments. At each of the penal establishments involved secretarial services are provided by the staff of the establishment.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Police Advisory Board for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including adminstration, of the Police (Scotland) Examination Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent,

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–808,653*Nil8Nil170*
    1978–799,582Nil8Nil280
    1977–786,325Nil8Nil110
    1976–776,707Nil8Nil270
    1975–762,918Nil8Nil310
    1974–753,884Nil8NilNot available
    * Provisional
    Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Peterhead Bay Management Co. Ltd., the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursed(a)Number of persons involved(b)Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–8029,12136,653101451,58419,5611,286
    1978–7930,33127,75410981,24018,472707
    1977–7824,22125,533101,27516,6161,453
    1976–7723,23620,889101,54615,228443
    1975–7620,59516,88291,54414,3441,125
    NOTES:

  • (a) Contribution to costs of shared services required to operate the bay and fishery harbours at Peterhead.
  • (b) The company has a permanent staff of three. The remaining persons listed are board members who serve part-time.
  • (c) From 1974–75, income from the harbour has exceeded the direct costs of its operation.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Parole Board for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    Members of the board are paid sessional fees according to a scale which takes account of the category

    expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:of each member. Some members do not receive a fee but all may claim travelling and subsistence expenses. The board makes no disbursements.The following table shows, for each of the last five financial years, the number of board members and the total cost of payments made to members:—

    YearNumber of membersPayments to members
    £
    1975–76158,600
    1976–771512,318
    1977–781511,965
    1978–791514,968
    1979–801423,208

    It is not possible to distinguish sessional fees from travelling and subsistence payments.

    Secretarial services for the Parole Board for Scotland are provided by staff of the Scottish Home and Health Department.

    asked the Secretary of Slate for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Oil Development Council for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    Following its latest meeting on 21 March the council submitted written advice on the basis of which my right hon. Friend paid grant totalling £558,986 in respect of 25 applications for listed buildings and conservation schemes.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on the Protection of Birds in Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    At the last meeting of the advisory committee held in March 1980 the committee advised on various proposals relating to bird protection including a proposal that the purple sandpiper be added to the first schedule to the Protection of Birds Act 1954. My right hon. Friend has decided to act on the proposal.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Scotland's Travelling People; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The advisory committee submitted its second report, containing a number of receommendations, to my right hon. Friend on 28 June 1978.Two of the recommendations, to reconstitute the committee and to introduce 100 per cent. grant for the approved capital costs of local authority site provision have already been accepted and provision for grant is included in the Local Government, Planning and Land (No. 2) Bill.I shall shortly be meeting the committee to convey to it my right hon. Friend's comments on the remainder of the recommendations which fall within his direct responsibility.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Statistical Information; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee recently recommended the setting up of a working group to assess the requirements for information to be collected in the school census of September 1981; this working group has been established.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Social Work; and what action he has taken as a result.

    In December 1979 the Advisory Council on Social Work made recommendations to my right hon. Friend on solvent abuse. Views are being sought on this subject in a consultative document issued on 30 April.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The last written advice received by my right hon. Friend was the minutes of the board's meeting on 14 March. The record of the board's deliberations assist him in the management and conservation of ancient monuments.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Boundary Commission for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The Commission's function, under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Acts 1949 to 1958, is to review parliamentary constituencies in Scotland and to make recommendations as to the constituencies into which the whole country or particular areas should be divided. Its reports are laid before Parliament. It last reported on interim reviews which were implemented in 1973 and it is at present conducting a general review on which it must report before June 1984.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Building Standards Adivsory Committee; and what action he has taken as a result.

    At its meeting on 21 November 1979 the committee advised my official representatives on proposals for improvement of thermal insulation standards for houses, the consolidation with amendments of the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, and on possible improvements on the building control system; all of which are likely to lead to changes in the regulations.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Careers Service Advisory Council for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    Since my right hon. Friend came to office in May 1979 he has received no written advice from the Careers Service Advisory Council for Scotland, whose term of office came to an end in September 1979. My right hon. Friend is at present considering the re-constitution of the council.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Central Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace (Scotland); and what action he has taken as a result.

    My right hon. Friend received a letter from Lord Wheatley, the chairman of the committee, in July last year, after a meeting of the committee on 2 July. The committer recommended that the powers and jurisdiction of the district court should be extended, and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill contains a provision for this purpose. Lord Wheatley also reported the committee's view that a greater proportion of women should be included among candidates recommended for appointment as justices of the peace and my right hon. Friend has commended their suggestion to JP advisory committees. The committee strongly recommended that a course for clerks of the district court should be centrally provided and three such courses, each for about a dozen clerks, were run by the Scottish Courts administration in Glasgow last winter. Some other recommendations by the Committee are still under consideration.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the children's panel advisory committees; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The 12 children's panel advisory committees provide regular advice to my right hon. Friend on the appointment of Chairman, Deputy Chairman and members of children's panels. Account is taken of this advice in the appointments and reappointments, numbering approximately 500, which are made in May each year.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Committee of Investigation for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Committee on National Museums and Galleries; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee has not yet reported but is expected to do so about the end of the year.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Consultative Committee on Freshwater Fisheries in Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The Consultative Committee last met on 22 April 1980 to consider proposals received in terms of the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976 for (a) the Upper Spey and (b) the Lower Spey.The Committee recommended that a protection order be made for the Upper Spey; this recommendation is now being considered in the light of the statutory objections received to the proposals.In the case of the Lower Spey the committee has not yet made any recommendation to me but has put a number of matters to the proposers for their comments.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum; and what action he has taken as a result.

    On 30 April 1980. The Consultative Committee on the Curriculum was one of the bodies invited by my Department to consider proposed changes in its own organisation and that of the Scottish Curriculum Development Service. The written advice received from the committee is being considered together with the comments received from other bodies.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Consumers' Committee for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee last reported in May 1975 on the effect on consumers of the three milk marketing schemes in Scotland. It concluded that the schemes were not operating in a manner contrary to the interests of consumers.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Council for Tertiary Education in Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    I have this week received the council's observations on the report of the committee of inquiry in to the engineering profession—the Finniston report. The council's, views are being considered along with those of the other bodies who were consulted.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Dumping at Sea Act Representations Panel; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The Secretary of State has a duty under the Dumping at Sea Act 1974 to draw up a panel of qualified persons from whom a committee can be drawn to consider representations about the Secretary of State's licensing proposals in terms of the Act. It has not been necessary to convene such a committee and I have therefore never received written advice from that body.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Extra-Parliamentary Panel; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The panel comprises a list of persons nominated by the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords and the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons, acting jointly with the Secretary of State. If for the purposes of an inquiry into a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936 the chairmen are unable to appoint sufficient Commissioners from the two Houses, the Secretary of State may make up the requisite number from the Extra-Parliamentary Panel. The panel itself does not advise the Secretary of State, and in recent years no occasion has arisen to draw on it for the purpose indicated.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Herring Industry Advisory Council; and what action he has taken as a result.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Highlands and Islands Development Consultative Council; and what action he has taken as a result.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received from the Highlands and Islands Development Consultative Council; and what action he has taken as a result.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Hill Farming Advisory Committee for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee does not normally advise me in writing, but it published a report on store livestock marketing in Scotland last year which has attracted a great deal of interest among all sectors of the hill farming industry.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Dental Establishments; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee last met on 13 March and although its recommendations are not submitted in writing they will, where appropriate, be reflected in decisions concerning the control of dental manpower which will shortly be notified to health boards.