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Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 2:33 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 2:33 pm, 2nd February 2012

My noble friend, who was a distinguished administrator and academic at the University of Aberdeen-he was vice-principal-has put his finger on one very important matter. In fact, he has taken away a major part of my speech. Never mind about that. It is a massive irony, as my noble friend said, that the Scottish Government are able to impose these discriminatory fees only because Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. If Scotland was an independent country, as the SNP wants, that Government would be unable to impose those fees. Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be in exactly the same position as students from Poland, Germany or wherever in the European Union.