HC Deb 15 November 1938 vol 341 cc676-7
38. Mr. Davidson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the decision of the Edinburgh Corporation refusing the right at unemployed marchers, who wish to go in deputation to the Scottish Government Departments, to march through the streets and take a collection in Edinburgh on 27th November; and will he make representations to the Edinburgh Corporation for the removal of the ban in order to avoid probable friction?

Mr. Colville

As I stated on 4th November, in reply to a question by the hon. Member for St. Rollox (Mr. Leonard), the town council decided on 26th October last to allow the proposed march. I understand that the magistrates have refused permission for the marchers to take up a collection in the streets. This is a matter entirely within the discretion of the magistrates.

Mr. Davidson

Does not the fact that this decision may cause considerable friction in the streets of Edinburgh interest the Secretary of State, and is he taking any action to try to avoid that friction?

Mr. Colville

This is a matter which is vested entirely within the discretion of the magistrates. I have no power to intervene.