§ Mr. Douglas
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to publish his report by Sheriff Kearney into Fife social work department; and if he will give details of the total costs of the inquiry.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The chairman of the inquiry into child care policies in Fife has finished hearing evidence from the parties concerned. My right hon. Friend is in correspondence with Sheriff Kearney about the likely date for submission of his report. I hope that we shall have his report by early summer. Pending completion of the inquiry, it is not possible to estimate its final costs.