(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to take the necessary steps to secure the recommittal of Clause 49 of the Local Government Bill in order to bring that Clause into harmony with the Government's proposals in the Scottish Bill as regards payment of expenses of county councillors?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Chamberlain)
No, Sir. There appears to me to be no necessity for complete uniformity in mattters of this kind in England and Scotland.
If the right hon. Gentleman is determined to persist in this anomalous state of affairs as between England and Scotland, will he put the whole of England and Wales on the same footing; and is he aware that, so far as London is concerned, Clause 49 does not apply?
The right hon. Gentleman was claiming that there might not he uniformity between England and Scotland. My question was: Will be secure uniformity in England and Wales if not elsewhere?
§ Mr. THURTLE
Is it now the deliberate policy of the Government to accord preferential treatment to Scotland?