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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:45 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 8:45 pm, 21st March 2012

I am finding it difficult to understand what there is to negotiate about if we are to have one question and the Electoral Commission is going to run the process. I can see that there might be flexibility on timing, which I do not regard as very important. However, I share the anxiety expressed by my noble friend Lord Maclennan, that you cannot negotiate on these central principles. The worry is that we shall end up with a fudge which we will not be able to amend because of the process. If my noble friend is saying, "Look, we've got the message; we are committed to"-the point was made to my noble friend Lord Lang-"a single question: the role of the Electoral Commission; and we are not going to move on that, and it will be part of the Section 30 order", all of us will be a bit less nervous.