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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:10 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 9:10 pm, 21st March 2012

My Lords, in view of the excellent progress we are making not only in these proceedings but behind the scenes, and also the work that has been done by the Minister, I shall not move this amendment.

Amendment 90A not moved.

Amendment 91

Moved by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

91: Before Clause 10, insert the following new Clause-

"Referendum about Scottish independence

(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council, on the advice of the Prime Minister, cause a referendum to be held throughout Scotland about whether Scotland should become independent of the rest of the United Kingdom.

(2) Such a referendum can only be held within 24 months of the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) The question that is to appear on the ballot paper is-

Do you want Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom?

(4) For further provision about a referendum held by virtue of subsection (1), Schedule (Referendums under this Act) applies.

(5) An Order in Council under this section may not be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the Order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament."