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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 3:45 pm, 21st March 2012

I am most grateful to the noble Lord. I have no complaint about the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace, but I do not know what the noble Lord thinks he has. He has a letter from the Secretary of State that states that his preferred solution, which is to use the existing Scotland Act to provide for a referendum, was supported by a large number of people and that he is hopeful that he can reach agreement with the Scottish Government. Frankly, we have known this for some time. I should like to know what the numbers were, what people said and what the Government's attitude is. What is the point of us debating these matters if we do not know the Government's policy? This has nothing to do with the Cabinet; it is about the conduct of business in Parliament, and we are being short-changed.