Post-war Reconstruction

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Mr. Davidson:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to convene, at an early date, a meeting of all Scottish Members of Parliament al St. Andrews Place, Edinburgh, in order to discuss a comprehensive statement by himself, on the steps taken, up to date, on post-war reconstruction for Scotland.

Mr. Johnston:

Recent experience has shown that under war-time travelling restrictions meetings in Edinburgh are not convenient for a number of members, but I am always prepared to endeavour to arrange a meeting either in Edinburgh or London if a general desire for such a meeting is manifested through the usual channels. Meantime I am sending my hon. Friend copies of recent reports by the Council on Industry.

Mr. Davidson:

May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman is aware that the main purpose of this Question is to get a clear-cut, comprehensive statement from the Secretary of State on the question of post-war reconstruction, and the steps taken up to date, in view of the grave anxiety now being expressed in many responsible quarters in Scotland that nothing very much is to be done for that country?

Mr. Johnston:

I do not accept the last sentence in the slightest degree. A great deal has been done but the Question was whether I would summon a meeting in Edinburgh. I have answered by saying that I am prepared to summon a meeting, either in Edinburgh or in London, if a request is made through the usual channels.