Committee (4th Day)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Steel of Aikwood Lord Steel of Aikwood Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 15th March 2012

The noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, may not know that there are already people living just south of the border who take advantage of the services in the borders. I refer particularly to people from the Berwick-upon-Tweed area who make good use of the Borders General Hospital because it is a very good facility. I have a simple question for the Minister. How does Section 80F operate? It is about the number of days that people spend in Scotland or the rest of the UK. If we do not have any border controls we do not know who is coming in and out. I am assuming that we are not having that even under Mr Salmond's proposals. Therefore, I simply do not see how it will work. Perhaps the Minister will enlighten us.