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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 Boyd of Duncansby Lord Boyd of Duncansby Labour 5:45 pm, 2nd February 2012

I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord for that. On the broad issue of references to the High Court and Supreme Court by the Lord Advocate and Advocate-General for Scotland, I will reserve my position and consider the matter in more detail. When I was Lord Advocate, I always thought that the opportunity for doing was important. I believe that I did it once. I also take the point made by the noble and learned Lord the Advocate-General that there may be issues around whether it would be better if any of the parties could ask the court to do this. I will consider that before Report. I think that I have dealt with most of the issues. Given the wide-ranging nature of the amendments in this group, I may have missed something. However, I hope I picked up on all the necessary points.