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Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill (21 May 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: It is a great privilege to be able to make a contribution to this debate, especially in view of the wisdom and passion of those who have spoken before me. I hope that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West (Mr. Gorrie) will continue the tradition of giving people a lift home on rainy nights; if ever I need a lift, I shall certainly approach him. I should say at the outset that this is a maiden...

Scottish Devolution (31 Jul 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: My intervention is intended to be helpful as I am hoping to give you some support for your devolutionary credentials. I think that you are the same person—

Scottish Devolution (31 Jul 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Perhaps I should start again. I am trying to assist the right hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) with his devolutionary credentials. In June 1979, he said that there was a genuine need and a genuine desire for constitutional reform not only in Scotland but in the rest of the United Kingdom."—[Official Report, 20 June 1979; Vol. 968, c. 1412.] The right...

Scottish Devolution (31 Jul 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am afraid that I do not share the sadness of the hon. Member for Cheadle (Mr. Day). I hold the White Paper with pride, and I hope that its proposals will soon become a reality. Conservative Members claim to be concerned about what they describe as anomalies in the proposed constitutional structure. They criticise the fact that Scottish Members may vote on English matters. The British...

Scottish Devolution (31 Jul 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: No, I will not. In our system, the Queen in Parliament is sovereign. Any legislation approved by the Queen in Parliament is legal and constitutional. I have not heard or read in any of our debates of any attempts to change that system. The legal consequences of having such a system are that legislation that passes through Parliament defines the constitutional position. There is no point in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Higher Education (2 Dec 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's assurances in relation to adult students. I am particularly concerned about the situation of students from low-income families. Can the Minister tell us what policies there are to assist such students?

Freedom of Information (11 Dec 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I congratulate the Minister on the White Paper and I look forward to the open consultation process, which I hope will form a model for other legislation. I am concerned that information will become of no use to people if they do not receive it quickly. Will there be mandatory time limits in the Bill? Will there be any role for Members of Parliament? Is it intended that constituents should...

Freedom of Information (11 Dec 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I have already had meetings with local government leaders, and I have been most encouraged by their enthusiasm to be brought within the legislation. They rather enjoyed being able to say that they were more open than us in any case. That is very positive. I have also had discussions with national health service representatives, and they, too, have been very positive. We shall continue the...

Freedom of Information (11 Dec 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind words, and I can reassure him. I hope that the White Paper is being put on the internet at this very moment. That has certainly been my approach, and we may well consider how to put the consultation papers on the internet. I believe that the information technology at our disposal will allow us to put many more Government papers on the internet, and to do it...

Freedom of Information (11 Dec 1997)

Dr Lynda Clark: My hon. Friend makes a fair point, which I came across in dealing with the aftermath of Chernobyl. One had to go to the United States and Sweden to get the information that appertained to our country. We have made it clear that the Army will be covered in its routine activities by the Act, although obviously operations are a different matter. The case to which my hon. Friend referred should...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Executive (10 Feb 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: I would have more sympathy with the right hon. Gentleman's argument if he could say when the Lord Advocate was last a Member of the House of Commons.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Executive (10 Feb 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am much obliged. It may be a figment of my imagination, but I think that a Law Officer was last a Member of the House of Commons in 1983.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The First Minister (10 Feb 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: Could the hon. Gentleman advise the Committee of the number of occasions when that provision has been used?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Exercise of Functions (10 Feb 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: The hon. Gentleman completely misunderstands the legal process here. The Bill gives Ministers certain powers, but no powers whatever in relation to English matters. Therefore, there is no need for the amendment.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Exercise of Functions (10 Feb 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: My point is that there is no need for the amendment, because there is no possibility of any misunderstanding in a court of law or elsewhere. The Bill is perfectly plain. The powers derive entirely from the Bill. If no powers are given, no powers can exist, so the amendment is unnecessary. It would be equally daft having an amendment saying that no powers exist all over the place. No powers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Legal Aid (17 Mar 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: Are we considering targeting some funds on the industrial tribunal system, which has long been excluded from all forms of legal aid? Given that some complex cases go before such tribunals, could some money be so targeted for important cases?

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am puzzled by the hon. Gentleman's remarks. Is he seriously supporting the retention of the feudal system in Scotland, which we would seriously like to reform?

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Government and Parliament (21 Jul 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: Can the hon. Gentleman assure me that the Conservatives have abandoned the idea of planting questions? I was unfortunate enough to have them try to plant one on me some months ago, and I declined to ask it. I agree with the general thrust of what the hon. Gentleman says. Planted questions are unhelpful, and I should be delighted to hear that the Conservatives had given up the practice.

Orders of the Day — Strategic Defence Review: Second Day (20 Oct 1998)

Dr Lynda Clark: I enter this debate with some trepidation. I know that many of those who have spoken have considerable expertise on the subject. I cannot claim that expertise. I cannot claim, as my hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth, North (Mr. Rapson) did, to have lived and worked with Marines—some people have all the luck—but I have the expertise to recognise a well-founded argument when I hear it....


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