HC Deb 08 December 1977 vol 940 cc1645-6
Q4. Mr. Crawford

asked the Prime Minister when he next intends to visit Perth.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Crawford

If the Prime Minister does visit Perth, will he explain to my bemused constituents—indeed, to all the people of Scotland—why Members from the Conservative and Unionist Party, bastions of the Union, last night voted to delete from the Scotland Bill the clause which seeks to give override powers to Westminster over the Scottish Assembly? Does he not agree that the Tories are either knaves or fools in this matter?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman should not invite me in this way. The Conservatives having moved a number of amendments to strengthen particularly Clause 40, it seemed a typical example of opportunism and lack of principle that they should then have voted to destroy the whole clause.

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