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The authorisation provisions of the Financial Services Act did not come into operation until 29 April 1988. A finance company will only require authorisation only if, in addition to offering credit, it is also carrying on investment business as defined in that Act. It is not possible without incurring disproportionate cost to identify from the records available how many of the persons who have had their authorisation revoked under the Act might be described as "finance companies", which is not a category recognised under the Financial Services Act. Nor is it possible without incurring disproportionate cost to identify from the records available those instances (whether involving finance companies or not) where authorisation was revoked because of misconduct which took place in Scotland.
The predecessor to the Financial Services Act was the Prevention of Fraud (Investments) Act 1958. A finance company required a licence under that Act only if, in addition to offering credit, it was also carrying on the business of dealing in securities. It is not possible from the records available to say how many licensed dealers who have had their principal's licences revoked under the Act might be described as "finance companies", which was not a category recognised under the Prevention of Fraud (Investments) Act. Nor is it possible without disproportionate cost to identify from the records available those instances (whether involving finance companies or not) where a principal's licence was revoked because of misconduct which took place in Scotland.
Mr. Rifkind : Practice varies according to the particular circumstances of the institution and the appointment, and any relevant agreement that may have been entered into. A significant number of posts is filled by open competition.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Monitoring potential health hazards in the egg itself is not the most effective way of dealing with the problem. The answer is to introduce a comprehensive package of measures ranging from the testing of feedingstuffs at the manufacturing stage, through the testing of flocks, to the provision of advice on the handling and cooking of eggs and poultrymeat in catering establishments and in the home. This is what we have done.
Mr. Hood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had from parents of those serving in Her Majesty's forces abroad who have been informed that they will have to pay the poll tax while serving abroad ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend has received only a few such representations. The question of whether service personnel serving abroad are liable to pay the personal community charge will depend on whether they are regarded as having their main residence in Scotland. This is a matter for community charges registration officers to decide in the light of the facts and circumstances relating to individual cases.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Grampian Regional Transport Ltd. was the subject of a management-employee buy out from Grampian regional council in January this year. Information on whether any other privately owned bus companies in Scotland are owned wholly or partly by employees is not readily available.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the names of those organisations providing public bus transport who have made representations to him about the privatisation
Column 60of bus services proposed in the Transport (Scotland) Bill ; and if he will indicate those which (a) favoured and (b) disagreed with the Bill's proposals.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : In the period following the publication of the Transport (Scotland) Bill representations about the Government's proposals to privatise the Scottish Bus Group have been received from the following bodies involved in operating public bus transport services :
Luton and District Transport Ltd.
Stagecoach Holdings Ltd.
In addition, representations have been received from the managing directors of the northern, Strathtay and western Clydeside subsidiaries of the Scottish Bus Group and from the Clydeside employee buy-out committee. A representation was also received from Borders regional council. None of the representations received made specific reference to the provisions of the Bill.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report those individuals and organisations which responded to the recent Green Paper, "The Legal Profession in Scotland".
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Ninety-two individuals and organisations responded to my right hon. and learned Friend's recent Consultation Paper "The Legal Profession in Scotland". These are listed as follows :
1. Aberdeen Bar Association
2. Allianz Legal Protection Insurance Co. Ltd.
3. Mr. H. Angus
4. Association of British Insurers
5. Association of First Division Civil Servants (Procurator Fiscal Branch)
6. Auditor of Court of Session
7. Mr. D. A. Ballingall
8. Bank of Scotland
9. Bird Semple Fyfe Ireland
10. Miss H. Buchan
11. Building Societies Association
12. Campaign for Community Legal Services
13. The Hon. Lord Caplan
14. CBI Scotland
15. Citizens Advice Scotland
16. Clydesdale Bank plc
17. Consumers Association
18. Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
19. Council of Scottish Courts Service Unions
20. Mr. L. R. Cox
21. The Hon. Lord Dervaird
22. Dunfermline Building Society
23. EBS Trustees
24. Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre
25. Mrs. M. Ewing MP
26. Faculty of Advocates
27. Ferguson & Will
28. Mr. A. Fletcher QC
29. Glasgow Bar Association
30. Glasgow College
31. Halifax Building Society
32. Mr. J. B. D. Henderson
33. Institute of Bankers in Scotland
34. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
35. Mr. H. Irvine
36. Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education in Scotland 37. Keeper of the Registers of Scotland
38. Law Society of Scotland
39. Lay Observer for Scotland
40. Legal Defence Union
41. Legal Protection Group Ltd.
42. Miss D. M. Little
Column 6143. Lord President of the Court of Session
44. Mr. J. D. M. Macara
45. Mr. J. G. Macdonald
46. Mr. K. M. Maciver
47. Mr. C. H. MacLean
48. The Hon. Lord McCluskey
49. Mr. P. McCormack
50. Mr. W. H. McCort
51. McGrigor Donald
52. Mr. I. M. Martin
53. Murgitroyd & Company
54. Mr. T. A. M. Myles
55. National Association of Estate Agents, Scottish Working Party
56. Procurators Fiscal Society
57. Regional Sheriff Clerks
58. Dr. R. Rennie
59. Mr. A. Robb
60. Mr. G. M. Robertson
61. Ross Rogers & Co.
62. Royal Bank of Scotland plc
63. Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow
64. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
65. Scottish Consumer Council
66. Scottish Law Agents Society
67. Scottish Lawyers' European Group
68. Scottish Legal Aid Board
69. Scottish Legal Action Group
70. Scottish Society for the Mentally Handicapped
71. Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal
72. Scottish Vocational Education Council
73. Scottish Young Lawyers Association
74. Sheriffs' Association
75. Sheriffs Principal
76. Society of Conservative Accountants
77. Society of Procurators and Solicitors of Angus
78. Society of Scottish Conservative Lawyers
79. Society of Sheriff Court Auditors
80. Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland 81. Society of Writers to HM Signet
82. Mr. G. Stephen
83. Strathkelvin Association of Solicitors
84. Mr. R. Tur
85. University of Aberdeen, Faculty of Law
86. University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law
87. University of Glasgow, Faculty of Law and Financial Studies 88. Mr. M. Upton
89. Professor D. M. Walker CBE QC
90. The Hon. Lord Weir
91. Mr. L. Wheatley
92. Miss J. White