Clause 17 - Inspections

Part of Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 11 January 2005.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 5:30, 11 January 2005

Devolution obviously goes only so far. HMIC inspectors from London, England, will go out to make sure that the Scottish inspectors know what they are doing. I do not find that entirely satisfactory, and were I a Scottish MP, I would find it repugnant. However, the silence from those quarters suggests the Scottish members of the Committee have been whipped into line and are not willing to express an opinion on behalf of their constituents. In the circumstances, it seems appropriate that I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 17 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 18 to 21 ordered to stand part of the Bill.