HC Deb 11 February 1941 vol 368 cc1210-1
23. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the resolution, passed by the Greenock Trades Council, regarding proposed amendments to the Local Elections and Register of Electors (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939, a copy of which resolution was intimated to him by Mr. Samuel McLaren the secretary; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Mr. Westwood

My right hon. Friend has considered the resolution referred to, but for the reasons indicated when the Act of 1940 was passing through Parliament, I am unable to hold out a prospect of further legislation as suggested. I regret that in one case since the issue of the recent circular the truce has not been observed, and my right hon. Friend is in communication on the subject with the local authority concerned.

Mr. Gibson

Is my hon. Friend aware that lack of good faith in carrying out this arrangement has a ruinous effect on cooperation in Civil Defence matters? Will he bring that to the notice of those interested in it?

Mr. Westwood

I am aware of the need for local authorities to play the game, as the great parties of the State are playing the game in national affairs.