Scotland Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:40 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Conservative, Epping Forest 1:40 pm, 27th January 2011

I entirely take the hon. Gentleman's point-I was being far too familiar and colloquial. Let me be more formal. This week, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our great Scottish national poet Mr Robert Burns, and one of his best poems makes the point that he was a true Unionist. "The Dumfries Volunteers" says clearly, at the end of its second verse:

"Be Britain still to Britain true,

Amang oursels united;

For never but by British hands

Maun British wrangs be righted!"

Long may it continue, Madam Deputy Speaker. We welcome the Scotland Bill because it totally strengthens Scotland's position within the United Kingdom.