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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:00 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Boyd of Duncansby Lord Boyd of Duncansby Labour 10:00 pm, 21st March 2012

My Lords, my noble friend has suggested that as I have sat here all night, I should at least say something. It seems to me that the amendment puts the issue of competence beyond doubt. However, I am not wholly convinced that this is necessary because it seems to me that once you confer competence, the legislative provision that flows from it will always flow from it even if you subsequently take back the competence, as it is the point at which the competence is exercised which is important, not what happens subsequently. Nevertheless, I note what the Minister says. For our part, we are content that he has put the matter beyond doubt.

Amendment 95 agreed.

Amendment 96 not moved.

Schedules 1 to 3 agreed.

Amendments 97 and 98 not moved.

Amendment 99 (to Amendment 98) not moved.

Amendments 100 to 102 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Schedules 4 and 5 agreed.

House resumed.

Bill reported with amendments.