§ 6. Mr. MORRIS
asked the Minister of Pensions if it is his intention to close the Welsh region and transfer the records therefrom to London?
I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. W. A. Jenkins) on 2nd July. The proposed consultation with the Wales Advisory Council will take place at their next meeting.
§ Mr. MORRIS
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that before the setting-up of this region, the administration was carried on from London and that the whole administrative work was at that time in a chaotic and unsatisfactory state; and does he propose to bring the administration back to London?
I am quite aware of the facts stated by the hon. Gentleman. 2217 I also know that at present there is a considerable diminution in the quantity of work and that the whole question is under consideration. I will guarantee that the region will not be disbanded until consultation has taken place.
§ Mr. MORRIS
Is the policy of this Government to take away every vestige of administrative autonomy we have, and concentrate in London?
No, Sir. Administrative autonomy will not be taken away because the local area officers and the medical service will be retained.