Natural Heritage (Scotland) Bill

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th July 1991.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow 12:00 am, 15th July 1991

To ask the Lord President of the Council how many hours were spent on each of Second Reading, Committee stage, Third Reading, and consideration of Lords amendments of the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Bill.

Photo of Mr John MacGregor Mr John MacGregor Chair, Privileges Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Lords (Privy Council Office), Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Chair, Privileges Committee

The time spent on each stage of the House of Commons consideration of the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Bill [Lords] was as follows: Second Reading, six hours and three minutes; Standing Committee, 19 hours and 43 minutes; Report, four hours and 50 minutes; Third Reading, one hour and 23 minutes, and consideration of a Lords amendment to a Commons amendment and Lords amendments in lieu of Commons amendments, four hours and six minutes.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow

And what squandering of parliamentary time it proved to be after a group of self-interested peers had inserted an amendment into the Bill that changed its very nature at the 1lth hour and 59th minute. Does not the Leader of the House feel just a tinge of shame that he could not even get the hon. Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro) to vote for it and that Sir Fred Holliday, who was appointed by the Government during April of this year—a man whom the right hon. Gentleman must have known when he was Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Secretary of State for Education and Science—resigned on a point of principle? What has happened is appalling.