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My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley. I agree with her and my noble friend Lord Foulkes that we need some kind of constitutional commission to look at the devolution of the whole UK. One of the problems with devolution is that we have taken it piece by piece, area by area and country by country, but we have never looked at the whole. This has caused...
On that point about England not dealing with its own home affairs separately, when we had devolution the home affairs of everyone else were devolved to their institutions. England’s home affairs are still decided within a United Kingdom Cabinet. The argument should always have been that it is up to England how it settles its own home affairs.
My Lords, I shall not go over all the things that we have already gone through. I have grave concerns about this issue—I had concerns about a single police force in Scotland—but I do not think that this is how the Government in Scotland look at it. We have seen this approach from this Government from the beginning. They suck powers up from local government and they suck powers down from...
Entered the House of Lords on 18 July 2005
Previously MP for Paisley North until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election
Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Paisley North, 1990-2005. Member, Select Committee for Scottish Affairs, 1997-2005 (Chair, 2001-2005); Chairmen's Panel, 1998-2005; Finance and Services, 2001-2005 and Liaison, 2001-2005. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 29 November 1990 — unknown
Also represented Paisley North
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Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.
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