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My Lords, before I address the amendments that the noble and learned Lord has spoken to, I should place on record the fact that the handling of this Bill has been nothing short of scandalous. To start three hours late, almost on the dinner hour, is quite unforgiveable. Yet again, those of us who are participating in this Bill are under pressure to sit longer and at unusual times to...
My Lords, my noble friend has suggested that as I have sat here all night, I should at least say something. It seems to me that the amendment puts the issue of competence beyond doubt. However, I am not wholly convinced that this is necessary because it seems to me that once you confer competence, the legislative provision that flows from it will always flow from it even if you subsequently...
I can quite understand the noble and learned Lord's wish to progress matters. I am not entirely clear where to start. The amendment before this House is that: "Before commencing discussions with representatives of foreign governments or inter-governmental organisations, Scottish Ministers are required to obtain consent to the discussions from a Minister of the Crown". It seems that we have...
Entered the House of Lords on 3 July 2006
Positions held at time of appointment: Lord Advocate, Scottish Executive. (from Number 10 press release)
Party was Crossbench until 5 Oct 2006; Labour until 28 Jun 2012
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