Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:21 am on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar , Glasgow Garscadden 1:21 am, 21st October 1987

I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I do not wish to delay the House for long and it is not necessarily productive for us to have a lengthy exchange on the motion, but I should express my disquiet at the fact that the motion has been moved at this stage.

This is an important debate and we must know the Government's mind. It was obviously their intention that the debate should be continued to a finish tonight. We have a remarkable turn-out of Scottish Members in every part of the House and the Government have obviously decided to delay the debate until another day. Before we reach a decision on the matter we ought to be told when we shall return to the Bill.