Scotland Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:37 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 2:37 pm, 27th January 2011

If the hon. Gentleman is bored, he could make the debate more interesting by intervening to answer that question, but he remains silent.

The SNP has argued for full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, but that is not what Scotland needs. Scotland needs the security that is offered by remaining part of the Union, which is what the Bill gives it.

What would the SNP have done with the banks in an independent Scotland? [ Interruption. ] Yes. I am afraid that it is all fantasy and Brigadoon on the SNP side. I urge SNP Members to think again-in the words of another Scottish poet-and to consider giving their support to the Bill. I also I urge them not press to a Division an amendment that seeks to deprive Scotland of an opportunity to move forward.

I thank the House for the short time that it has indulged me, and urge hon. Members to support the Bill.