Scotland in Parliament

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Scotland in Parliament was a monthly review of business in the Houses of Parliament relating to Scotland. Each edition was presented by a serving MP.

The first run of the series, on the BBC's Scottish Regional Programme, was short-lived, beginning in January 1939 and ending in July of that year, shortly before Britain entered the Second World War. The MPs who presented these first eight programmes were: the Scottish Secretary, John Colville (Liberal); Lord Dunglass (Alec Douglas-Home) (Unionist); Thomas Johnston (Labour); Florence Horsbrugh (Unionist); Campbell Stephen (Independent Labour); Sir Robert W. Smith (Unionist); Allan Chapman (Unionist); and Joseph Westwood (Labour).

The programme returned from May 1947 and continued until at least August 1965 (possibly beyond).

Archive

Only two programmes from the series survive in the BBC archives:

  • 19 December 1957: Discussion between Rt. Hon Walter Elliot and Joseph Grimond. This was Elliot's last broadcast before his death. The programme discussed the place of Scotland in the world today. Interviewer: J. Campbell Fraser.
  • 27 March 1964: A discussion of the political scene and events in Scotland between Commander C.E. Donaldson, MP, and James Hoy MP. Chairman: J. Campbell Fraser.