Perth

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th December 1977.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Crawford Mr Douglas Crawford , Perth and East Perthshire

If the Prime Minister does visit Perth, will he explain to my bemused constituents—indeed, to all the people of Scotland—why Members from the Conservative and Unionist Party, bastions of the Union, last night voted to delete from the Scotland Bill the clause which seeks to give override powers to Westminster over the Scottish Assembly? Does he not agree that the Tories are either knaves or fools in this matter?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The hon. Gentleman should not invite me in this way. The Conservatives having moved a number of amendments to strengthen particularly Clause 40, it seemed a typical example of opportunism and lack of principle that they should then have voted to destroy the whole clause.