HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 c637
45. Mr. Emrys Roberts

asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on the proposed new developments of Government policy in Wales announced by the Chairman of the Welsh Advisory Council on 16th July, 1951.

Mr. Ede

I have been asked to reply. I recently received together with some of my colleagues a deputation from the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire, who discussed with us the question of the administrative organisation of Government Departments in Wales and various matters arising from the Council's first Report and, in particular, the problem of rural Wales. These discussions, which were concerned with practical questions, do not imply any change in Government policy in Wales. The Government are always ready to consider sympathetically any constructive proposals which the Council may submit to them.

Mr. Roberts

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no decisions of any great importance will be taken without consultation with the Welsh Parliamentary Party, as has happened in the past?

Mr. Ede

I have been asked to give a general supervision to Welsh affairs, and I should certainly desire when any proposals for alteration are made to consult with the Welsh Parliamentary Party, and with anyone else speaking for Wales.