HC Deb 10 October 1945 vol 414 cc224-5
53. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Prime Minister what steps are in contemplation in the matter of the reform of Scottish government.

The Prime Minister

As already pointed out, any question as to what is the most suitable form of government for Scotland in post-war years raises political and economic issues involving other parts of the United Kingdom and can therefore only appropriately be raised as part of a general measure for the revision of the machinery of government for Great Britain.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that this reply will give very little satisfaction in Scotland and parts of the United Kingdom other than England which are on a par with Scotland? May I ask whether the shortage of Scottish Members in the right hon. Gentleman's Cabinet is not likely to affect the question very seriously?

The Prime Minister

On the last point I think the hon. and gallant Member is wrong. I think he will find a considerable amount of talent has been drawn from around Scotland. As to the relative position of the different parts of the United Kingdom perhaps he would like to discuss that with the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Davies).

Mr. Gallacher

Would my right hon. Friend not consider introducing legislation on the lines I suggested in a Question which he transferred to the Scottish Office?