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Council For Wales

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Prime Minister if he will indicate the scope of his forthcoming discussions with the Council for Wales.

I have been asked to reply. The Council has asked Ministers to discuss administrative devolution in Wales.

Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to allow this discussion to include the larger question of devolution as well as the merely administrative question he has already mentioned?

I do not think we should seek to impose fetters on the questions which the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire may wish to raise. Provisional arrangements have been made for the meeting to take place on 25th April.

Would the right hon. Gentleman say what is meant by "administrative devolution"?

That is what has been asked for. I think that question should be put not to me, but to the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire.

If there were complete Home Rule for Wales would that not eliminate the present Minister of Labour?