§ Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he has given to the recommendations that have been made in reports of the Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland that remedies therein proposed should be statutorily enforceable.
§ Mr. Ancram
This matter was recently considered by the Widdicombe committee, which endorsed the view that there should be a statutory mechanism for the enforcement of a remedy recommended in a report by any of the local ombudsmen for Scotland, England or Wales. We have encouraged widespread debate on the many important issues raised in the Widdicombe committee's report (Cmnd. 9797) and have received a large number of 247W comments and representations on the report. We shall want to consider all these very carefully before coming to any conclusions.