Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (Programme)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:02 pm on 30th April 1998.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 8:02 pm, 30th April 1998

I welcome that intervention, if only to have the opportunity of endorsing what a wonderful place the New forest is. I wish that Liberal Democrat Members, when they want to indulge in rather puerile insults, would at least think of original ones rather than copying an occasional diarist in The Times.

In trying to assess how to respond to the proposals this evening, we need to be aware of their full implications and consider whether the Government will use what happens tonight to say, "You did not oppose it on that occasion; therefore, you have no grounds for opposing it now," on some future occasion when the implications for the procedures of the House have become clear.