Former Labour MP for Glasgow Anniesland
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I last met the Secretary of State, along with other colleagues, last week at Brighton, which is a prosperous watering place on the south coast of England. I spoke to him at length this morning. I will be seeing him in Glasgow tomorrow. Our discussions range widely.
Applause is easily earned these days. I am very familiar with section 23, and regard it as a nuclear option, which no one would want to see used on a regular basis. Of course there is a problem, which John Swinney will be the first to recognise, because there is a code of practice on access to Scottish Executive information that deals with internal discussion and advice. The code holds that...
I am afraid that that explanation was riddled with assumptions that are unsafe and has largely been overtaken by events. Of course, the provisions in section 23 exist. One of the committees—not both—has asked for the production of documents, and so far as I am concerned, I have made it clear that section 23 exists. However, I have tried to explain to Mr Swinney that there are real...
Former Labour MP for Glasgow Anniesland, Former Labour MSP for Glasgow Anniesland
Entered the House of Commons on 31 March 1966 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 11 October 2000 — Died
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Left the Scottish Parliament on 11 October 2000 — Died
Also represented Glasgow Garscadden; Aberdeen South
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