Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 30th March 2011.

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Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk 9:30 am, 30th March 2011

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gale, but unfortunately this is not the Committee I would wish to serve on. Although I am now the Member for West Lothian, and have succumbed to the urgings of the hon. Lady to volunteer to be on the Committee, I have just left a much more important Committee next door that is discussing flight passenger name records in the European Union—a subject that probably no one knows anything about, but one that is very important in countering terrorism.

The Bill is probably controversial among those who hang about this funny place talking about matters that are of interest to parliamentarians and their own work, but of no relevance to their constituents—as I told Tam  Dalyell when he raised the West Lothian question when I was the leader of the council in an adjoining county. It was very much Tam’s way to view this issue as important because he was a House of Commons man. His constituents did not necessarily have any interest in the matter—to be frank—and they did not see it as relevant, but if they needed to go to a London hospital for an operation that was not done in Scotland, they did not see why health should not be discussed north and south of the border. It is a preoccupation of a small coterie of people in this very strange organisation.