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Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Cameron of Lochbroom Lord Cameron of Lochbroom Crossbench 5:30 pm, 2nd February 2012

I am in some difficulty because in listening to what the noble and learned Lord has already said about Clause 17 stand part, he justified his arguments by reference to later amendments in his name-namely, Amendments 71 and 72. It seems to me perfectly plain that these are before the Committee for discussion even though we may for the moment have swept Clause 17 out of the way-firmly batted it out of court. I ask your Lordships to reconsider the matter which has already been introduced because it would cause intense confusion if we passed over what the noble and learned Lord has already said in support of the amendments which will come in place of the displaced section at a later date.