Committee (4th Day)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 1:15 pm on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of The Earl of Mar and Kellie The Earl of Mar and Kellie Liberal Democrat 1:15 pm, 15th March 2012

My Lords, my noble friend Lord Forsyth is suggesting that we need another referendum on the use of tax powers. It is my memory that, 12 years ago, the second question in the referendum was along the lines of, "This Parliament should/should not have tax-varying powers". Do tax-varying powers not strike a lot wider than the Scottish variable rate, which was enacted? Consent has already been given for any form of variation in existing taxes.