§ 8. Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent consultations he has had with representatives of political parties in Northern Ireland.
§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
Since legislative devolution does not appear to be imminent, will my right hon. Friend share with the House the result of his consideration of the proposals of the Ulster Unionist party for administrative devolution?
§ Mr. Prior
The Ulster Unionist party has not put forward to me firm proposals on devolution. Therefore, I am not in a position to share them with the House. If parties have views that they wish to put to me in a formal way they are always welcome to do so, but the right place for these discussions to take place to start with is in the Assembly.
§ Mr. McNamara
Was it not the Stormont Administration that caused the trouble in the 60s and before? Will the right hon. Gentleman be very careful when he talks in terms of administrative devolution, because that might be a backdoor way of returning to the awful practices of old?