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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Crossbench 7:00 pm, 21st March 2012

May I ask the Minister a question? He may not want to answer it, but clarification would be helpful. He referred to the Government's belief in the importance of a single direct question. Is that a belief or a sticking point? There is a big difference between the two, and for some of us it would be a sticking point. That is the point raised by the noble Lords, Lord Reid and Lord Foulkes. We have not yet solved the West Lothian question with the current legislation. This Bill will enhance that question in the minds of many people across the whole of the UK. If we were to go further in some undefined form of devo-max, the difficulties would be greater, so I take him back to his point about fairness.