§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps she is taking to establish a code of practice on the offering of state aids to inward investors; and when she expects to report to Parliament on this matter. 
§ Mr. Ian McCartney
[holding answer 27 October 1997]: As foreshadowed in the Scotland and Wales White Papers on devolution, common UK guidelines and consultation arrangements on financial assistance to industry will be set out in a published concordat, which is currently being prepared. 1 shall report to Parliament when that concordat is published.