New Clause 11 — Time

Part of Financial Services (Regulation of Derivatives) – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 15th March 2011.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 9:00 pm, 15th March 2011

I will make my contribution brief as well, although I shall not speak at quite the same speed as Mr MacNeil. He reminded me of a child who needed to go to the toilet as he delivered his speech so terribly quickly. Iain Stewart said that he had risen to speak with a heavy heart. I am rising with a sore head, and that is not just about the sleep deprivation that I mentioned earlier. It is because I honestly cannot understand what possessed the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar to table this new clause. He cannot bring a proposal before the Committee and then not want us to discuss its possible implications. He cannot tell us what any Scottish Government, even his own, might choose to do with such powers, given that he voted against the sell-off of the forests in England while his Government tried to sell off the forests in Scotland. It is essential that we scrutinise the implications of the new clause. It exposes the fact that the SNP is good at minority reports and at gesture politics, but not good at government.