§ Mr.James White
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made to implement in Scotland recommendations 33 to 35 of the report of the Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life.
I refer to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary gave on 25th May—[Vol. 950, c. 664.]—about the Government's acceptance of these recommendations and about the procedure for their implementation in England and Wales. A separate form of procedure for their implementation in Scotland, which takes account of Scottish criminal procedure and practice, has been prepared in consultation with my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate and the bodies concerned. I have sent a circular to chief constables in Scotland asking them to implement the new procedure as soon as possible, and I have placed a copy of that circular in the Library. My right hon. and learned178W Friend has made appropriate departmental arrangements for dealing with these matters.