Local Government (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:53 pm on 17th January 1983.

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Photo of Mr William McKelvey Mr William McKelvey , Kilmarnock 8:53 pm, 17th January 1983

Will the hon. Gentleman explain the logic of a party which gained power on the strength of a manifesto which said that a Conservative Government would wish to extend democracy? Why was it necessary for the Secretary of State for Scotland to extend his powers to overrule the wishes of democratically elected district and regional councillors?