HC Deb 11 December 1945 vol 417 c214
46. Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider giving time for a discussion of the Motion relating to Rosyth Dockyard, standing on the Order Paper in the names of the hon. Members for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) and Dumbarton Burghs (Mr. Kirkwood).

[That this House is of opinion that Rosyth Naval Base should be retained and developed into a fully-functioning naval establishment and that consideration be given to the demand for a naval dock in the Clyde capable of docking the largest naval and merchant shipping built in the Clyde shipyards.]

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I regret that I cannot hold out any prospect of time being available for the discussion of this Motion.

Mr. Kirkwood

Is the Minister aware that discontent is rife in Scotland because we have no representative in the Cabinet, and that we are being neglected, with the result that there is more unemployment in Scotland than there is in England? What has the Minister to say to that?

Mr. Morrison

I can assure my hon. Friend that, in the regretted absence of the Secretary of State, Scotland has ample means of access to the highest quarters in the land. With regard to the idea of a Debate, I would suggest to the hon. Member that he might think of getting an opportunity on a suitable Supply Day when this subject might be discussed.

Mr. Gallacher

Is not the Minister aware that we have never yet got a day allocated for general discussion of the situation in Scotland? We are always limited to a Supply Day when we are confined to certain subjects.

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