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"Friends Of Scotland"

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the outcomes achieved by her "Friends of Scotland" initiative. [118332]

"Friends of Scotland" aims to highlight contemporary Scotland's strengths internationally and to harness the considerable goodwill towards Scotland that exists in many countries. It is now successfully established as an active, worldwide network of influential individuals.Many of the signed up Friends are setting up their own local networks of contacts who are working to enhance the perception of Scotland overseas.The website has proved highly successful in highlighting Scottish achievements in the fields of culture, education and business.