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Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department has carried out any research into the legal fees charged in conveyancing transactions in Scotland since the abolition of scale fees; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood) on 19 January Official Report, Vol. 165 col. 418. Of the projects referred to there, the report on the first has just reached my Department, while the report on the second is expected early next year.