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Bruce Millan (born 5 October 1927) is a Scottish Labour politician. He was born in Dundee and educated at the Harris Academy in that city.

He was elected MP for Glasgow Craigton at the 1959 general election and served for that seat, and after its abolition for Glasgow Govan, until 1988. He served in the Wilson Government of 1964-70 as Under-Secretary of State for the Air Force from 1964 to 1966, and as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1966 to 1970, and in the Callaghan government of 1976-1979 as Secretary of State for Scotland.

In 1988 he left Parliament, by applying for the Chiltern Hundreds, to take up the post of European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Cohesion which he held until 1995. The vacancy he left was filled by Jim Sillars of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the notable Glasgow Govan by-election of 1988.

In 1999-2001 he chaired the Millan Committee which proposed reforms to the provision of Mental Health care in Scotland.


  • Torrance, David, The Scottish Secretaries (Birlinn 2006)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jack Browne
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Craigton
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Andrew McMahon
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan
Succeeded by
Jim Sillars
Political offices
Preceded by
William Ross
Secretary of State for Scotland
1976 – 1979
Succeeded by
George Younger
Preceded by
Stanley Clinton Davis and
The Lord Cockfield
European Commissioner from the United Kingdom
1989 – 1994
With: Leon Brittan
Succeeded by
Leon Brittan and
Neil Kinnock
Preceded by
Grigoris Varfis
European Commissioner for Regional Policy
1989 – 1994
Succeeded by
Monika Wulf-Mathies

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