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Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Lord President of the Council what representations he has had about the appointment of a Secretary of State for England, or a number of English Regional Secretaries of State, including one for Yorkshire and Humberside, with powers comparable to those proposed for United Kingdom regions of Scotland and Wales.

As I indicated in my Written reply on 15th November to my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Mr. Cowans)—[Vol. 939, c. 108–9]—the response to the consultative document "Devolution": The English Dimension" revealed little popular support at present for radical constitutional changes of this nature.