§ 32. Sir David Steel
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the impact on local government services of next year's financial settlement to local authorities. 
§ Mr. Kynoch
Provided councils maximise the benefits from reorganisation and efficiency savings, and budget in line with the priorities my right hon. Friend set in determining it, the settlement should lead to a continued improvement in front-line services.
§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to discuss local authority finances. 
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
I met the convention on 17 January and I look forward to meeting it on 4 July.