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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Sewel Lord Sewel Deputy Speaker (Lords) 4:15 pm, 21st March 2012

Part of the difficulty with the Section 30 route, of which I am in favour, is not merely that we do not vote against orders-except very occasionally-but also that we cannot amend them. That is a real difficulty. If there is a Section 30 order agreement but the House is profoundly disturbed about one aspect, it is the nuclear option to vote against it. That is a very uncomfortable position to be in. It would require almost a draft Section 30 Motion so that the House can express a view on the details before being forced to come to a decision, one way or the other, on the whole order.