Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Stephen Lord Stephen Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Scotland) 4:00 pm, 22nd February 2016

If that is the case, we must flush the SNP out on this, and we must be transparent and open about the progress that has been made and what is being offered by the UK Government in terms of the fiscal framework. The UK Government must be prepared to defend their position as fair and reasonable.

Whatever the result today, I believe that the arguments for greater openness and transparency on the fiscal framework will apply with even greater force when we reach Report. That will be the critical stage for the future success of the Bill.