§ 63. Mr. Boothby
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the fact that it enjoys no constitutional Parliamentary or permanent status, he will take care that in future the Advisory Council of ex-Secretaries of State at the Scottish Office is designated an Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State and not the Council of State for Scotland.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Westwood)
The designation "Council of State" used to describe the Advisory Council of ex-Secretaries has no formal significance. It is merely a colloquialism, unofficial but apt, and descriptive of a useful and admirable effort at Scots unity of purpose.
§ Mr. Boothby
Does my right hon. Friend not think that this is rather a portentous form of colloquialism?
§ Mr. Mathers
Will my right hon. Friend note the source from which this question comes, and bear in mind that this Council of State and its effects are greatly appreciated in Scotland?
§ Mr. Westwood
Yes, Sir; the people of Scotland appreciate very much the efforts for Scotland of the Secretary of State and the Council of State.