HC Deb 03 March 1975 vol 887 cc309-10W
47. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will take steps to consult first-generation Welshmen living outside Wales but in other parts of the United Kingdom as to their views on the Government's proposals for Welsh devolution; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Edward Short

No. Consultations on devolution in Wales were held last summer. Following publication of the Government's consultative document there was a general invitation for people to express their views. I do not think a further special survey of the views of Welshmen living outside Wales would be justified, even if it were practicable.

Mr. Dalyell

asked the Lord President of the Council when he hopes to publish the White Paper on Devolution.

Mr. Edward Short

I am considering publishing a White Paper in advance of the introduction of the Bill on devolution. It would, however, be wrong to do so if preparation of the Bill would then be delayed.

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