Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:19 am on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Deputy Leader, Scottish National Party 2:19 am, 21st October 1987

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, but I think his theory of political decision-making in Scotland has been overtaken by biography and memoirs. I am particularly thinking of the latest volume from Lord Donoughue who was very much involved in the Labour Government of the time. If one reads his memoirs, they support the view that many of the concessions granted to Scotland in the period of the mid-1970s were made by the Labour Government in response to Nationalist pressure and the Nationalist threat to Labour seats.