Since the Secretary of State has told the House previously that he is mindful of his quasi-judicial capacity in this matter, and also since he refuses to give an undertaking that he will not consult the Ministry of Defence, will he now give an assurance that if he does consult that Ministry he will give local authorities which objected to the scheme an opportunity to reply to any proposals put to him by the Ministry of Defence?
No, Sir; I would not give that assurance. The procedure that is being followed is the normal Circular 100 procedure adopted by both Administrations. I inherited that procedure from the right hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. George Thomas), and I suggest that the hon. Gentleman should have looked at that procedure before putting his name to a Motion of Censure.