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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:15 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Labour 9:15 pm, 21st March 2012

Before my noble friend moves his amendment, I wonder whether he would comment on the very interesting proposal made by the noble Lord, Lord McConnell, earlier this evening when he suggested that two questions be posed, so avoiding a yes or no answer on the ballot paper. I recall that in the 1997 referendum the words were "I agree that there should be a Scottish Parliament" or "I do not agree that there should be a Scottish Parliament", and that there was the same in respect of the tax-varying powers. Would my noble friend like to comment on that as a possible wording, which we all accept is very important, as it would avoid a straight yes or no answer to a question?