Scotland Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat Conservative, Warrington South 3:42 pm, 27th January 2011

I do not agree that stability is a better prize if it is based on something that is wrong. I agree that it is difficult to compute need, but that is no reason not to try. We have let the matter drift. One of the determinants is relative population movement-I repeat that, notwithstanding the comments of my hon. Friend Iain Stewart; I guess we can discuss that later in the bar.

I ask the Under-Secretary to table a simple amendment to the Bill to provide for revising the block grant allocation to take account of relative need, in the way that the House of Lords Committee on the Barnett formula and the Holtham commission recommended last year and in previous years.