Directions Relating to Breach of Duty or to International Obligations

Part of Orders of the Day — Food Standards Bill – in the House of Commons at 11:30 pm on 8th November 1999.

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Photo of Alasdair Morgan Alasdair Morgan Scottish National Party, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale 11:30 pm, 8th November 1999

I welcome the amendments in so far as they clarify the position of the Scottish Parliament. None the less, I hark back to what I said on Second Reading—that if Scotland had been allowed to legislate for itself on food standards, neither the amendments nor the original clauses would have been necessary in the first place. The Government have embarked on devolution and the House has devolved the oversight of food standards, yet they do not seem prepared to accept the consequences and let the devolved Parliaments legislate in their own way. So be it. They have chosen this route, so I welcome the amendments.

To follow what the hon. Member for Greenock and Inverclyde (Dr. Godman) said, I do not believe that anything in the Bill specifically states that the Scottish Parliament may in due course choose to legislate separately on such matters.