Committee (4th Day)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 3:45 pm, 15th March 2012

My Lords, I apologise to the House because I have not been here for the whole debate. Indeed, I only came in because I suddenly became aware of this point. This is an issue that could easily be resolved, but the position we have got ourselves into stands against reason. It will not go down well with people. Perhaps the Government could take it away to think about it. If it gets someone like me dragged out of my office when I am working because I suddenly become aware of it, my goodness, I can tell noble Lords what effect it will have on the military across the board. I beg the Minister to think about making some concessions along the lines suggested by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth.