HC Deb 06 April 1943 vol 388 cc491-2
47. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Prime Minister whether he will allocate more time for the discussion of Scottish Business or, alternately, will he arrange for the re-establishment of the Scottish Grand Committee for the discussion of purely Scottish Business?

48. Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make on the allocation of time for Scottish Business?

The Prime Minister

I am not aware of any ground for reconsidering at present the time allotted to the discussion of purely Scottish Business, which does not appear to have suffered restriction in comparison with other Business of the House as a result of war-time conditions. In the present abnormal circumstances the Government feel it impracticable to refer Bills to Standing Committees, for reasons which will be readily understood in all quarters of the House.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the Scottish Grand Committee could meet in Scotland on Monday, do its business, travel on Monday night and submit the result to the House on Tuesday? Would not that be an advantage, in view of the way Business is all cluttered up at present?

The Prime Minister

Whether it would be an advantage or not I cannot now discuss, but it certainly does not arise out of the Question.

Mr. Kirkwood

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that all that we are after is justice for Scotland?

The Prime Minister

It is the most earnest desire of the Government that justice in the fullest measure should be given to that gallant nation.

Sir Alfred Beit

Would it be too much to ask that the two hon. Members should concentrate their attention exclusively on Scottish affairs?

Mr. John Dugdale

Could we have a day set apart for English affairs?