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Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Boyd of Duncansby Lord Boyd of Duncansby Labour 6:45 pm, 2nd February 2012

My Lords, there is an important point in what my noble friend says. The Calman commission recommendation was that:

"The responsibility for the appointment of the Scottish member of the BBC Trust should be exercised by Scottish Ministers, subject to the normal public appointments process".

There is no suggestion there that it would be by anyone other than the Scottish Ministers. Perhaps in addressing my noble friend's point, the Minister could also address the issue of why there has been a difference of approach in the Bill from that of the Calman commission's report.