HC Deb 08 April 1963 vol 675 cc894-5
8. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Minister of Labour what consideration is being given to the removal of his Department to Scotland.

Mr. Hare

None, Sir. I do not intend to remove my Department to Scotland.

Mr. Hamilton

Why not? Is there any good reason why the Ministry of Labour should not set a good example and move? In the interest of close personal contact between the right hon. Gentleman and his clients, would he not think that he should get nearer to those whom he is counting?

Mr. Hare

I am not averse to Scotland. I have 2,800 of my staff in Scotland, including my Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh, and further than that I am not prepared to go.