Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 27th June 1934.
Duchess of ATHOLL:21.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the widespread desire among milk-producers of the East of Scotland that the investigating committee which is to inquire into their grievances should take evidence in public or that the evidence, if heard in private, should be published; and will he give instructions accordingly?
The procedure of the Committee of Investigation for Scotland is governed by statutory regulations which were laid before Parliament. Under these regulations the committee have complete discretion as to whether meetings will be held in public or in private. I have no authority to issue the instructions suggested by the Noble Lady.
Duchess of ATHOLL:
Would my right hon. Friend, in view of the very great losses that are being suffered at the present time by these producers, use his influence with the investigation committee to meet their strongly expressed desire that the evidence should be heard in public, or should be published after it has been heard?
The regulations governing the operation of these committees were purposely laid down by Parliament in statutory regulations, and I have no power to change them; but no exception will be taken to the publication by any of the parties of evidence submitted by them to the committee in writing.
Only the evidence submitted by them in writing. No exception will be taken to that.
Duchess of ATHOLL:22.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the decision of the Court of Session to be given in regard to the case lodged by the producers of Grade A milk against payment of a 5d. levy will be made public before the Government's investigating committee meets to hear the complaints of the milk producers in general in the east and centre of Scotland?
I understand that the investigation committee are meeting the producers of Grade A milk on 3rd July. I am unable to say whether the decision of the Court will be given before that date.