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Governance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th June 1992.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar , Glasgow Garscadden 12:00 am, 24th June 1992

If there is a continuing dispute about the opinions of the Scottish public—which there clearly is—why does not the Secretary of State consider a referendum as a way of deciding the issue, given that he is so confident that he is right?

The Secretary of State will recall the pledge made by Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, the Minister of State, Scottish Office. Lord Fraser said that the Government were committed to constitutional change that was "substantial and not cosmetic". Does he still stand by that? If the Secretary of State is indeed bubbling over with new ideas, will he tell us when just one of them—however modest —will be allowed to creep into the public domain?