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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 23rd November 1992.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Leader, Scottish National Party 4:04 pm, 23rd November 1992

The most important fact is that no life was lost. Did the Secretary of State consult the Prime Minister, the royal family, their advisers or anybody else before he decided to sign a blank cheque on our behalf and at our expense? If not, why not? Does he accept that the argument that the taxpayer should pay the bill rather lends support to the argument that the royal family should pay taxes just like everybody else?