HC Deb 06 November 1893 vol 18 c216
MR. RENSHAW (Renfrew, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether, in view of the statement made by the Prime Minister in Edinburgh on 27th September, the Government intend to introduce a measure dealing with the question of Parish Councils in Scotland during the present Session, in order that an ample opportunity may he afforded the people of Scotland of considering its terms before next Session?


The Government do not propose to introduce a measure dealing with Local Government in Scotland during this Session. The Government had in contemplation a Circular Letter to be laid before the County Councils at their December meeting to ask for information as to any defects in the working of Local Government which require remedy, or any improvements which experience has suggested. This will give an opportunity for the expression of Scottish opinion, to which the hon. Gentleman refers, and which I suppose that my hon. and learned Friend the Member for the Dumfries Burgh has in mind, being brought to boar in supplementing and extending, where necessary, the proposals which the Government are prepared to bring forward.

MR. BUCHANAN (Aberdeenshire, E.)

Are we to understand that next Session we are to have for Scotland a Local Government Bill similar to that given to England?


I have no doubt whatever that any advantage given to England by the Local Government Bill will be also given to Scotland, although, of course, I cannot say on what lines the Bill will proceed.