Motion made, and Question proposed,
That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £694,990, be granted to Her Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March 1956, for the salaries and expenses of the Department of Health for Scotland and the General Board of Control for Scotland; for grants and other expenses in connection with water and sewerage services, town and country planning and the creation of new towns; expenses in connection with welfare food services and food hygiene; and certain expenses in connection with civil defence and other services.
§ Mr. William Ross (Kilmarnock)
Are we not going to have an explanation of this from any Scottish Minister?
§ 9.48 p.m.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. J. Nixon Browne)
I would very briefly explain this Vote to the Committee. The local distribution of welfare foods passed from the Ministry of Food to the local authorities in June, 1954, and the central finance of the scheme now passes from the old Ministry of Food to the Department of Health for Scotland as from 7th April, 1955, when the amalgamation of the English Ministries took place.
§ Question put and agreed to.