§ Mr. Steen
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what requirements there are for officials in his Department to introduce a compliance cost assessment for all rules and regulations coming before him and his Ministers; and how many compliance cost assessments have been issued in his Department in the first three months of this year. 
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 18 April 1995]: Scottish Office officials are required to comply with the procedures which were agreed by Ministers and informally introduced on 1 April 1993 and which were subsequently formally agreed with the House authorities in October 1993. The Scottish Office has issued one compliance cost assessment in the period January to March of this year.