HC Deb 16 April 1951 vol 486 cc1458-9
45. Mr. Goronwy Roberts

asked the Prime Minister if he will indicate the scope of his forthcoming discussions with the Council for Wales.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I have been asked to reply. The Council has asked Ministers to discuss administrative devolution in Wales.

Mr. Roberts

Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to allow this discussion to include the larger question of devolution as well as the merely administrative question he has already mentioned?

Mr. Morrison

I do not think we should seek to impose fetters on the questions which the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire may wish to raise. Provisional arrangements have been made for the meeting to take place on 25th April.

Mr. Hopkin Morris

Would the right hon. Gentleman say what is meant by "administrative devolution"?

Mr. Morrison

That is what has been asked for. I think that question should be put not to me, but to the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire.

Sir H. Williams

If there were complete Home Rule for Wales would that not eliminate the present Minister of Labour?