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Clause 94 - Making of order

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 6th December 2001.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 9:30 am, 6th December 2001

The hon. Gentleman has asked a specific question about what was said in the debate. There was an intervention by David McLetchie about compatibility with the European convention on human rights. He pointed out that in Scotland, if a Bill is incompatible with the ECHR it can be struck down by the courts, whereas that is not the case with legislation passed at Westminster. When one considers the exchange with Iain Gray, it is apparent that one of the anxieties being flagged up by my Scottish colleagues was whether the legislation was ECHR-compatible, and if it were not, the possibility that that would cause problems that Scotland would have to deal with later. Therefore, the matters of principle that we discussed in our earlier debates were touched on.