Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland (Council of State)

– in the House of Commons on 9th February 1944.

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the fact that it enjoys no constitutional Parliamentary or permanent status, he will take care that in future the Advisory Council of ex-Secretaries of State at the Scottish Office is designated an Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State and not the Council of State for Scotland.

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

The designation "Council of State" used to describe the Advisory Council of ex-Secretaries has no formal significance. It is merely a colloquialism, unofficial but apt, and descriptive of a useful and admirable effort at Scots unity of purpose.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Does my right hon. Friend not think that this is rather a portentous form of colloquialism?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

I think it is a very useful one, which might wisely be followed by other interests.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Will my right hon. Friend note the source from which this question comes, and bear in mind that this Council of State and its effects are greatly appreciated in Scotland?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

Yes, Sir; the people of Scotland appreciate very much the efforts for Scotland of the Secretary of State and the Council of State.

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us any of the effects of this advisory council?