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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 Sewel Lord Sewel Deputy Speaker (Lords) 6:45 pm, 2nd February 2012

My Lords, this has been a short debate so I do not even have to thank anybody for taking part in it. I think this is one of those occasions where that well known double positive, which is in fact a negative, comes into play with reference to a fundamental disagreement between the two parties, to which the comment is, "Aye, that'll be right then". I very much think that there is indeed the possibility for that level of disagreement. I know that this looks likes an enormously trivial matter but I ask the noble Baroness at least to reflect on it because if we do not have a clear focus on where responsibility lies-that is, the relevant decision is taken by one person in consultation with another-I am afraid the Government may live to regret that state of affairs.

Eagle-eyed noble Lords will note that I ought to have tabled a similar amendment to Clause 21, which relates to Gaelic broadcasting. However, I did not do so because I was totally incapable of pronouncing the name of the organisation involved.

Amendment 44A withdrawn.

Clause 20 agreed.

Clause 21 agreed.

House resumed.