Local Authorities (Dean of Guild)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston 12:00, 25 October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what stage has been reached in his inquiry into the right of the Dean of Guild and Deacon Convenor to sit as members of Glasgow Corporation and similar offices, where they obtain, in the large Scottish burghs.

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

I have now obtained comprehensive information and this is being considered.

Major Lloyd:

Is it not a fact that the Secretary of State did not promise to inquire into the right of the Dean of Guild, and the right does not arise; and, therefore, the Question itself is wrong?

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

Whatever is the hon. and gallant Gentleman's memory in regard to this matter, the Secretary of State is inquiring into the whole question of the Dean of Guild.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

In view of the fact that the Question has been submitted to and accepted by the Table, how can the Question be wrong?

Mr. Speaker:

It is not within my power to say whether a Question is right or wrong, but it is in Order if it has been accepted by the Table.