HC Deb 19 July 1887 vol 317 c1351

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If, with a view to improving the efficient working of the Scottish Secretariat, he will, in the Bill now under preparation, provide for the Scottish Secretary being a member of the Cabinet, also for a Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Office of Lord Advocate being discontinued as a political Office, for the abolition of the Office of Scottish Solicitor General, for the abolition of the Fishery Department as a Board, and its removal to London, under a single Head, with power to consult individuals and bodies on fishery affairs?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The great Parliamentary experience of the hon. and gallant Gentleman must, I am sure, satisfy him that it would be altogether unprecedented for any statement to be made as to the provisions of a measure which is now under the consideration of the Cabinet; and I am, therefore, quite unable to give him any answer to his numerous Questions. But it must not be inferred from my silence that I acquiesce in the views expressed by the hon. and gallant Gentleman.