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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who authored the Scotland Office Background Paper, Scotland and oil, published 18 June 2009; when the Paper was commissioned; what background papers the Scotland Office has published since May 1997; who was consulted in the production of the Paper; what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) producing and (b) printing the Paper; and what steps his Department took to publicise the Paper. (286784)

The paper was produced by the Scotland Office to provide a factual analysis of the position to help inform debate. It was prepared over the course of 2009, in consultation with other relevant Government Departments.

As the paper was part of the ongoing work of the Scotland Office, there were no additional costs involved. It was made available on the Scotland Office website.

Similar papers may be published in the future, as appropriate, but have not been hitherto.