§ 35. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Lord President of the Council what plans he has to move for an increase in the status and powers of the Scottish Grand Committee and of the elimination from the Scottish Grand Committee of Members who do not represent Scottish constituencies.
§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)
As I said in my reply to my hon. and learned Friend on 16th October, I am not proposing Amendments to the Standing Orders relating to the Scottish Grand Committee.
§ Mr. Hughes
Will the Lord President not have regard to the rule laid down in 399 Chapter XXIV of Erskine May in order to prevent English, Welsh and Northern Irish Members of Parliament from delaying and frustrating Scottish business in the Scottish Grand Committee?
§ Mrs. Ewing
Can the Lord President tell us whether the Government regard the Scottish Grand Committee as a substitute Parliament for the Scottish nation, or a talking shop for it? Or has he got some other description for it? In order to enhance its status, would not he recommend that it should meet in Edinburgh, to stimulate public interest? Could not we, in the Scottish Grand Committee, discuss our own agenda at regular intervals?