HC Deb 10 December 1957 vol 579 cc1064-5
23. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many protests he has received against the introduction of the block grant proposals from local authorities, local authority associations, and other bodies in Scotland, respectively.

Mr. Maclay

I have received representations against the proposed general grant from the local authority associations, 15 individual local authorities, and 21 educational organisations, including 11 local associations of the Educational Institute for Scotland, and two other bodies.

Mr. Willis

In view of the overwhelming opposition to the proposals in Scotland, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that he ought to try now to govern Scotland in accordance with Scottish needs and drop the Bill?

Mr. Maclay

I can only reply that I am convinced that it will be realised in time that the proposals are in the best interests of local government as a whole and of the services concerned.

Mr. H. Morrison

Can the Secretary of State say how many letters or resolutions he has received in favour of the Government's proposals?

Mr. Maclay

Not without notice.