Oral Answers to Questions — Devolution Legislation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1976.

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Photo of Mr John Smith Mr John Smith , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 1st November 1976

I read with astonishment the story to which my hon. Friend has referred. It is about the silliest story to appear in any newspaper this year, and that is saying quite a lot. My hon. Friend is right in telling the House that recently, according to opinion polls, there has been a convincing demonstration of support for the Government's policy on devolution and an indication that the vast majority of people in Scotland wish to remain full members of the United Kingdom. This encourages the Government to think that their proposals are not only right but popular.