The linear stability of a flat Stokes layer is investigated. The results obtained show that, in the parameter range investigated, the flow is stable. It is shown that the Orr-Sommerfield equation for this flow has a continuous spectrum of damped eigenvalues at all values of the Reynolds number. In addition, a set of discrete eigenvalues exists for certain values of the Reynolds number. The eigenfunctions associated with this set are confined to the Stokes layer while those corresponding to the continuous spectrum persist outside the layer. The effect of introducing a second boundary a long way from the Stokes layer is also considered. It is shown that the least stable disturbance of this flow does not correspond to the least stable discrete eigenvalue of the infinite Stokes layer when this boundary tends to infinity.