Unemployment (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1972.

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Photo of Mr John Smith Mr John Smith , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 20th January 1972

I argue that we require a debate today because the debate on Monday will be a one-day debate and will relate to the problems of the whole of the United Kingdom. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Ross) said, the people who sent us to Parliament expect Scottish M.P.s to ask for a debate about these, the worst figures for Scotland, because, although they are contained in the figures for the United Kingdom, there is a special and acute crisis in Scotland.

It is for these reasons that I urge you, Mr. Speaker, to allow us a debate today in which we can draw attention to the problem and may get some evidence that the Government accept responsibility for this state of affairs.