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Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:51 pm on 27th May 2010.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat 4:51 pm, 27th May 2010

Given the public commitments by both coalition parties, that clearly would not happen. The noble and learned Lord makes a good point, however. When we consider this fully and properly in due course and learn the lessons over this Parliament, perhaps the 55 per cent measure will be seen as an insufficient trigger. Perhaps his Government acted sensibly and wisely in the Scotland Act in ensuring that in Scotland, as in Wales and in Northern Ireland, a two-thirds majority is required. For this Parliament, though, 55 per cent provides stability.