Mr McLeish, who will chair the all party consultative steering group, also revealed the full remit of the group.
In answer to a parliamentary question he said:
'I am delighted to report that all the main political parties have agreed to participate in the consultative steering group. Their agreement to come together to contribute to the development of ideas at this early stage augers well for the future of the parliament and the political process in Scotland.
'These individuals, who cover a wide range of relevant Scottish interests, have been chosen for the personal contributions they can
make to the work of the group. I am confident that this group will work effectively to develop proposals for how the Scottish parliament should operate and how it will relate to the Scottish public.
'The group will be supported by Scottish Office officials who will be able to draw in advice from a number of expert panels in the relevant fields in preparing proposals for further consideration by the consultative steering group. These will include expert panels on parliamentary procedures, on the scrutiny of financial matters, on how the Parliament might make best use of IT and telematics and on broadcasting and related media arrangements.
'The group will meet for the first time on Monday, January 19, when members will be asked to approve the following draft remit:
'To bring together views on and consider the operational needs and working methods of the Scottish parliament.
'To develop proposals for the rules of procedure and standing orders which the parliament might be invited to adopt.
'To prepare a report to the secretary of state for Scotland by the end of 1998, to inform the preparation of draft Standing Orders.'