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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Maclennan of Rogart Lord Maclennan of Rogart Liberal Democrat 8:30 pm, 21st March 2012

I am most grateful to my noble and learned friend for giving way. However, it would not be attractive if the Section 30 order, as a result of a process of negotiation with the Scottish Government, had been decided and then presented to Parliament. This is not a treaty for which we are seeking ratification; it is a legislative process. Although I entirely accept all the arguments that have been forward in favour of the Section 30 process, I think this United Kingdom Parliament will feel that it is representative of the country as a whole and would want to feed into the process of getting the thing right so that it is not seen as a divisive issue which we have to pull down after the event.