In consultation with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Secretary of State for Scotland, my right hon. Friend intends to enter into discussions shortly on the Committee's recommendations with representatives of the interests concerned. An announcement as to the Government's proposals on the Report will be made in due course.
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but is it possible for him to give any indication as to when a conclusion in this matter might be reached, and whether any action is contemplated thereafter?
It is a little early as yet. This is a very long and detailed Report, and it makes no fewer than 107 separate recommendations. It was published only on 21st November. I do not: think that we can at this stage make any useful statement about the future. Naturally, we are hoping to be able to make some progress in the matter in due course.