Clause 3 — Management of the civil service

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Shadow Minister (Justice) 8:45 pm, 3rd November 2009

I have a lot of sympathy for what Pete Wishart said, as I often do when we take part in the same debates. He has highlighted an important issue. However, as the Minister says, the whole Calman report has to be looked at as one entity, and it would be wrong to press a small part of its recommendations in the Bill. Having said that, I, like the hon. Gentleman, look forward to the Government's responding to Calman soon, so that we can get on with these matters, because we believe in power resting in Edinburgh where it should do so.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 5 Nov 2009 4:17 pm (Report this annotation)

The Conservatives appear to have abstained en-masse in the vote following this speech. I think it would have been useful if the Shadow Minister had expressly stated that she and her fellow Conservatives were about to abstain and had explained why.