§ 45. Mr. Niall Macpherson
asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint an additional Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, in order that there may be separate junior Ministers to deal with Education and Agriculture in Scotland.
§ The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)
I have been asked to reply. As at present advised, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister does not consider that an additional appointment is necessary.
§ Mr. Macpherson
In view of the greatly increased responsibilities laid upon the Secretary of State and his Under-Secretaries by the Agriculture (Scotland) Bill, and his responsibilities under the Education (Scotland) Act, 1946, is it not time to reconsider this matter and appoint a wholetime Under-Secretary for each of these two functions?
§ Mr. Morrison
It is a really novel doctrine that every time an Act of Parliament is passed, a Minister must be appointed. If we go on like that, heaven 1010 only knows how many Ministers we shall have.
§ Mr. Rankin
Does not my right hon. Friend realise that Scottish administrative affairs require the appointment not of an additional Under-Secretary, but of two additional Ministers of senior rank?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us who advised the Prime Minister in this matter?