§ Mr. Swinney
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 January 1998,Official Report, column 469, what representations he has received from other Government Departments concerning the format and aims of a non-statutory agreement between his Department and the 270W Scottish Executive; if he will list the number of representations from each Department; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) in what areas the non-statutory agreement between his Department and the Scottish Executive will give the lead role in policy formation to his Department; to what extent it will include mechanisms to harmonise policy between Scotland and his Department on devolved matters; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) if he will publish the most recent drafts of non-statutory agreements with the Scottish Executive; when he proposes to publish the final document; and if the agreement will operate on a trial basis; 
(4) pursuant to his answer of 20 January 1998, Official Report, column 469, when discussions began in his Department concerning the draft non-statutory agreement with the Scottish Executive; on what dates discussions took place; and who was present at such meetings. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
[holding answer 27 January 1998]: Discussions are being held between departments, both at official level and Ministerial level, on all matters relating to non-statutory agreements between the UK Government and the Scottish Executive. In most cases, these discussions are in their early stages in the light of the fact that such agreements cannot be finalised until the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive are established. Parliament will be kept informed of progress on these matters.