HC Deb 01 December 1966 vol 737 cc619-20
Q8. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Prime Minister if he will appoint an additional Minister to the Department of Economic Affairs, in order to assist in the co-ordination of planning in the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

While the National Plan for England and Wales has been buried by the Government, the Scottish Plan, an even more fanciful document supposedly based on the National Plan, is still hanging in limbo. Does not this suggest lack of co-ordination between the Scottish Office and the Department of Economic Affairs? If the Scottish Plan still has any meaning, cannot we have a chance to debate it?

The Prime Minister

I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's comments either about burial or limbo. Right in the middle of a two-day debate on the matters, it would be wrong for me to try to enter into a debate with him at Question Time. He will have his chance later, as will my right hon. and hon. Friends. I do not agree with any of the premises in the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question.