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THE economic questions arising out of the question of whether Scotland should have her own Parliament were debated last night in a BBC Scottish Opinion programme under the chairmanship of Mr Rex Knight, Professor of Psychology at Aberdeen University. One of the speakers taking part, Mr AD Campbell, lecturer on political economy at Glasgow University, posed three questions to the other speakers. Would less centralisation mean greater efficiency, and therefore greater production? Would self-government provide a greater incentive to labour and to enterprise? Would self-government interfere with the free flow of capital, labour, goods, and services between England and Scotland? Mr James AA Porteous, member of the Scottish Convention and economic adviser to the National Covenant Committee, said he thought that the speaker laid much too much stress on short-term considerations.