Administration

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the administration of Scottish affairs.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh North

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now make a statement on the steps he proposes to take to secure a greater measure of Scottish control over Scottish affairs.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

I hope to make a statement on this subject in the near future.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh North

Will my right hon. Friend say when "the near future" is, as this has been the subject of deliberation for 18 months now?

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Might I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether his administration in Scotland is as bad as the Government's administration in this country, which is most deplorable?

Photo of Sir William Darling Sir William Darling , Edinburgh South

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind consultations with the former Secretaries of State?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

That raises constitutional difficulties in a non-Coalition Government.