HC Deb 22 April 1958 vol 586 c756
19. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet received the Report of the Working Party on the Administrative Relationship between Central Departments and Scottish Local Authorities.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Yes, Sir. My noble Friend the Minister of State discussed the Report with the local authority associations on 11th April. My right hon. Friend is considering what further action is required in the light of the views expressed at that meeting.

Mr. Willis

In view of the many speeches we have heard about the great freedom to be conferred upon local authorities, may I ask whether the hon. Gentleman will publish this Report?

Mr. Browne

No, Sir, but there will be a White Paper.

Mr. T. Fraser

Why is this Report, to which so much reference has been made in debate and discussion, not to he published?

Mr. Browne

The Report is a confidential, domestic document and is not suitable for publication in its present form.