HC Deb 05 May 1964 vol 694 c1111
Q4. Mr. Rankin

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the fact that the 600th anniversary of the first recorded meeting of a representative Scottish Parliament will occur in 1967, whether he will consider appropriate ways of celebrating this occasion.

The Prime Minister

I will consider discussing this suggestion with the Leader of the Opposition a little nearer 1967.

Mr. Rankin

Is the Prime Minister aware that I welcome that. Answer, realising that by then my right hon. Friend will be in his place and he will be on this side of the House? Can he assure me that when that change takes place his views will not be altered? Can he also assure me that in this matter he will give Scotland the treatment which he has already said he proposes to give to England?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. I can be relied on absolutely to give Scotland fair treatment in this matter On the hon. Gentleman's first question; the hon. Gentleman is easily pleased, but will be disappointed.

Mr. Healey

When the right hon. Gentleman refers to the Leader of the Opposition in 1967, does he mean the right hon. Member for Bexley (Mr. Heath) or the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell)?

The Prime Minister

I could not say which right hon. Gentleman opposite will be chosen at that time.