Tuesday, 23 March 1999
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Considered; to be read the Third time.
The Secretary of State was asked—
What discussions he has had with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regarding the impact on Scottish retailers of the levy proposed under the draft food standards Bill. 
If he will make a statement on the Government's strategy to improve literacy and numeracy in Scottish schools. 
When he plans to conclude the contract for the new college in Kilwinning. 
What plans he has to increase parental involvement within the Scottish education system. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards the reopening of the export market for Scottish beef. 
What progress has been made on the trunk roads review; and if he will make a statement. 
When he last met representatives of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to discuss the local government settlement for 1999–2000. 
If he will make a statement on the current levels of inward investment to Scotland. 
What initiatives he is proposing to improve educational opportunities. 
The Minister of State was asked—
How the community legal service will be accountable to (a) Parliament and (b) the public. 
If he will set minimum requirements for pro bono work as a qualification for appointment to Queen' s Counsel status. 
If he will make a statement on the role of county courts in serving their local communities. 
What assessment he makes of the (a) environmental implications and (b) inconvenience to individuals, in reaching decisions on appeals against closure of magistrates courts. 
What estimate he has made of legal aid expenditure in 1998–99; and what the figures were for (a) 10 and (b) 20 years earlier. 
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Queen's recommendation having been signified—
As amended in the Standing Committee, considered.
'.—(1) In arranging for or carrying out— (a) inspections of best value authorities, or(b) inquiries or investigations in relation to best value authorities, a person or body to whom...
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Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
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