§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the accuracy of financial information supplied to him by Scottish local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
I am broadly satisfied with the accuracy of financial information supplied to me by local authorities, although the standard varies from authority to authority. There are also some inconsistencies in the way in which certain information is provided and this is the subject of discussions with the local authorities.