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Report (3rd Day)

Part of Infrastructure Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 9:00 pm on 10th November 2014.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 9:00 pm, 10th November 2014

Perhaps I might follow up on my noble friend’s point about the Scottish position. He said that we were right at the end and not at the beginning. What would his response be to a proposition that said, “Well, for new fields that are discovered, we should have a sovereign wealth fund”? Let us bear in mind that there are considerable potential resources to the west of the Shetland Islands and so on. Surely this is a very dangerous argument given the delicate situation that we are in, where we appear to be saying that, for some parts of the country and for some energy resources, a different view will be taken of the long-term future. Is this not a very dangerous proposition which could unravel rather badly?