§ Mr. Gallie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the prior option review of the Rowett research institute. 
§ Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
The Government's response to the report of the multidepartmental efficiency scrutiny of public sector research establishments announced a series of prior option reviews. As part of this series the Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department will conduct a prior options review of the Rowett research institute.
The review will address whether the research conducted at the Rowett continues to be needed, whether it requires public funding, the relationship of the Rowett to others working in similar or related areas of science, and the potential for privatisation or rationalisation.
I would welcome comments from interested parties. They should be sent by 30 September to:
- Mrs. B. McGee
- The Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department
- Pentland House
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