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Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Lord McCluskey Lord McCluskey Crossbench 5:45 pm, 2nd February 2012

I did not speak to that amendment. I agree that it may not be entirely necessary. However, as the noble and learned Lord knows, many a time have we put something in statute to make a clear point. Because there has been debate, including among lawyers, about whether the High Court of Justiciary is the final court except in relation to compatibility issues, there is something to be said for putting this in the Bill. I felt that that would be a way to do it. That was why I tabled the amendment. The intention was to underline a point that is implicit elsewhere in the Act and, as the noble and learned Lord said, is stated expressly in other Acts.