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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 Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Labour 2:33 pm, 2nd February 2012

My noble friend is making a valid and important point, but there is another dimension to the issue. It is largely the Barnett formula, which taxpayers throughout the United Kingdom contribute to, that allows the Scottish Government to act in this way. We are discriminating against those taxpayers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.