§ Mr. Ernie Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the targets he expects the Scottish Record Office to achieve in 1997–98. 
§ Mr. McLeish
I have set the Scottish Record Office the following key targets for 1997–98to reduce the unit cost of preserving and making available the Records of Scotland by 4.5 per cent. in real terms;to increase the number of catalogue entries available for public scrutiny on the electronic system by 50,000;to produce material for readers in 92.5 per cent. of cases in 30 minutes or less for material from the same building and in two days or less for material from elsewhere;to issue replies to 85 per cent. of correspondence within 10 days, absorbing up to a 2 per cent. increase in demand; andto obtain the necessary additional funding to set up the Scottish archive network project as a business and to begin to put finding aids onto the Internet.