HC Deb 29 January 1948 vol 446 cc1202-3

The following Question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Mr. WILLIS:

154. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the steps he proposes to take to secure a greater measure of Scottish control over Scottish affairs.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Woodburn)

With permission, I will make a statement in answer to Question No. 154.

I can now report to the House of Commons the conclusions of the Government resulting from their consideration of the way by which Scottish Members may have more time for the discussion of Scottish business in the House, and by which greater opportunities can be given for the consideration of domestic affairs in Scotland.

These conclusions are embodied in a White Paper which will be available in the Vote Office this afternoon, and the Motions to make the requisite changes in the Standing Orders will be on the Order Paper tomorrow.

Mr. J. S. C. Reid

May we take it that there will be an early opportunity to debate the proposals in the White Paper? It might be as well to express any views about those or the new Standing Orders when we see them in print.

Mr. Woodburn

That, of course, is a matter for the Leader of the House, but the alteration to Standing Orders must come before the House of Commons.

Mr. Willis

Could my right hon. Friend say when he expects that these new arrangements will commence to operate?

Mr. Woodburn

That depends on when the House passes them.