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

The hon. Gentleman covered a very wide field in that question. I shall confine myself to saying that we believe that the decentralisation of power and the increase of democratic accountability, which lie at the heart of our devolution proposals, are a desirable step forward in modern British government.