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Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1977

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Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be a happy and symbolic gesture in this Jubilee Year if the Stone of Scone were restored to Scotland, where it rightly belongs?

I am not sure who is responsible for that in this Government, but it is certainly not me.

My hon. Friend will know that there is some divide as to whether the proper stone was ever returned—

"For if ever he comes on a stone wi' a ring
He can sit himsel' doon and appoint himsel' King,
For there's none would be able to challenge his claim
That he'd crooned himsel' King on the Destiny Stone."

I appreciate the point that my hon. Friend makes. If my right hon. Friend, or any of my ministerial colleagues, has an opportunity of venturing into this part of Perthshire, I suspect that the people in the area will be much more concerned about other issues.