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Written Answers — Scotland: Departmental Advertising (22 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total expenditure on information campaigns and advertising was for his Department for each year since 1997.

Written Answers — Scotland: Departmental Advertising (22 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what systems are in place to ensure economies of scale in advertising purchasing between the Scottish Executive and his Department.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: rose—

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman asks how widespread this concern is. He knows that there is majority support for our proposals among the wider electorate in Scotland. They know that devolution, to be stable, needs to work properly, and to work properly needs to be stable. Why is he refusing to accept that?

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the logical consequence of what he is saying is that hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies, which are subject to devolved policy, will elect to vote for ever-higher public expenditure in England and Wales simply to provide, through the Barnett formula, a knock-on benefit for the Scottish Executive?

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The Under-Secretary cited a vote on top-up fees. Will she be more generous and concede that that was not on legislation? It is perfectly legitimate for a Scottish Member to sign an early-day motion, but not to vote on legislation. That is the key point.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I beg to move, That this House deplores the practice of Right honourable and honourable Members representing Scottish constituencies voting on bills concerning issues that have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament, especially those which introduce in England measures that have been rejected in Scotland; condemns the unfairness that this represents to those in English constituencies and...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The motion is about ensuring that devolution works. The Scottish Parliament is here to stay—all £400 million-worth of it. [Hon. Members: "Give way."] The only other option for Scotland is to follow the policies of separatism and independence, so often rejected by the Scots electorate. We wish to give no further oxygen to the separatists and nationalists, and that is why we want to draw the...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman will find out shortly whether I agree. Put simply, it does nothing for the cause of stable devolution and good government across the United Kingdom for hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies such as my own to continue to seek to vote on legislation in this House for which the equivalent power has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament. It is somehow appropriate...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: As the Scottish Parliament enters its sixth year, it is legitimate to ask why the Government have completely failed to address that question. It is really not that difficult. The Scottish people themselves realise that the issue must be addressed before it further undermines the new constitutional settlement.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I was interested to read in a recent newspaper poll that a clear majority of Scots back our view that hon. Members with seats in Scotland should abstain on devolved matters. It is unusual for this Government to be so dismissive of opinion polls. We are well used to them being dismissive of their own manifesto commitments, but suddenly public opinion in Scotland does not seem to matter either.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The right hon. and learned Gentleman will learn shortly why I feel that he should abstain. The Scottish Parliament has made its decision on tuition fees, and I will come to that shortly. Devolution, as Scots know, has reached a fork in the road. We can do as the Government would hope, and keep our hands firmly buried in the sand—failing to accept the natural consequences of devolution and...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: We must accept the consequences—[Interruption.]

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Do we recognise that devolution has moved Scotland and the United Kingdom on, accept its consequences and thus build it on a stronger foundation? Let us review why we have reached this fork in the road at this time. The point is that the Government have so lamentably lost control of their own Back Benchers that rebellions are regular and their huge majority faces constant threat. The last...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: My hon. Friend is entirely correct. The irony continued: not only did Scottish Members vote on foundation hospitals, but they followed through the Lobby a Secretary of State for Health who represents a constituency to which he did have to answer for that policy. That travesty was made even worse by the knowledge that the Scottish Labour party, of which those hon. Members are such loyal...

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman is aware that there is currently no devolution in Northern Ireland. I shall address that point in due course.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Here we learn the extent of Labour's undermining of the Union—a policy that Scottish Members are not willing to countenance for their own constituencies, but which they are willing to impose on England and Wales. Is it any wonder that resentment is now building against Tony's tartan army?

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I give way to the hon. Gentleman at the back.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I am genuinely sorry to hear that. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that devolution is now settled and stable in Scotland, but regrettably the situation is different in Northern Ireland. I abstained in the Division on foundation hospitals, and am happy to accept that, as a consequence of devolution, the decision on foundation hospitals in Scotland should be made by the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Constituencies (Members' Voting Rights) (21 Jan 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman, like many of his colleagues, is seeking to deny devolution and the fact that it created that situation. It is extraordinary that the Labour party in Scotland sought to gain political advantage from devolution, but now that it is in place it is seeking to avoid the logical consequence of its decision. The foundation hospitals vote exposed another U-turn by the Scottish...


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