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Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: The noble Lord might be aware that Mr Ally McCoist, the manager of Rangers, was complaining bitterly because one of the things the new owner of Rangers had done was to sell the shares in Arsenal Football Club which apparently Rangers had held for a very long time.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: Does my noble friend agree that perhaps that is why Mr Alex Salmond has decided that he is switching his loyalties to rugby?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I am not very clear about the Scottish rate of income tax. I am a Scot; I live in Scotland-that is where my home is-but I am paid a pension by Parliament which comes from Cardiff. How does that become part of that? It is paid directly into my bank; as far as I know, they do not need to know where I live; so how do I get income tax variation for Scotland alone?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: Does the noble Lord not think that the strangest thing about that whole incident was Alex Salmond complaining that the BBC was somehow biased against him. I suggest that anybody who listens to "Good Morning Scotland" as I do on a fairly regular basis every morning would know that the exact opposite is the truth.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: To be fair-and not even to be fair-the fact is that the Scottish nationalists are not here through their choice, not through the choice of the House. If they wanted to be here, putting their case, they could be-instead of relying on the one Welsh nationalist in the House.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: That is a bit unfair.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, perhaps I may marginally disagree with my noble friend's answer to the noble Lady. There may very well be different Ministers for different occasions. If, for instance, we were dealing with fishing and the Scottish Minister wanted to travel as part of a delegation or whatever, it might be different. It would not necessarily be the Foreign Office he would be dealing with; it might be...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: I have one small question. I take the point about local authorities imposing speed limits as they wish, but motorways of course come under the Highways Agency. If I am I right, and if there is therefore a variation in a motorway speed limit, as there can be-there is, for instance, on the very good new M74 through Glasgow, where a 60 limit goes down to a 50 mile an hour limit-who imposes that?...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, will my noble and learned friend give way?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: There is another problem, if we take the example of the noble Lord, Lord Steel. If the noble Lord has a decent meal in the evening with a few drinks, and gets up the following morning and drives his car, he may then be stopped because increasingly, particularly in holiday periods, the police are stopping drivers early in the morning and breathalysing them. Of course, people are not aware of...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: The noble Lord has made a very interesting point. Of course, if his second point about drink-driving is true, the penalty if you are done for drink-driving having had half a glass of wine is losing your licence. Therefore, if you have the half glass of wine in Scotland and your licence is taken off you in Scotland, does that mean that you cannot drive at all in England?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: If you follow the logic of the argument that the noble and learned Lord has just put, it implies that the representative for Scotland on the board of the BBC could contribute only if the discussion was about Scotland. That is nonsense and we all know it.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I wonder whether I can clarify the history on this. The union of the Crowns in 1603 formed the kingdom of Great Britain. The United Kingdom was formed in 1800 when a separate treaty with Ireland was also brought in. That gets the history absolutely correct.

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Maxton: Of course, we know the system that was described in Scotland. In 2007, the name on the list was Alex Salmond for First Minister. Therefore, it was not the party but his name, which begins with an A. Let us remember that he won by 47 votes in one seat in Scotland, which gave him the largest single party in Scotland. Perhaps we already know the system.

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Maxton: Some of us on the convention argued for first past the post under any circumstances. The then leader, Donald Dewar, agreed as a compromise to try to accommodate the Liberal Democrats, and one or two others, that there would be a proportional system. Some of us would still have much preferred a first past the post system.

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Maxton: Of course, if the Government that the noble Lord supports have their way, we may well have a fifth system for elections to this place.

Electoral Registration — Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, like everyone else, I thank my noble friend Lord Wills for introducing this particular subject and for his excellent introduction. He has raised a subject that is at the very heart of our democracy: the people's right to vote and therefore to be on a register. That is more important than what appears to be the underlying theme behind what the Government are doing-a point that other...

Phone Hacking — Question ( 6 Dec 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords-

Phone Hacking — Question ( 6 Dec 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, Maxton is the name. Why are this Government quite happy, as is Parliament and as previous Governments have been, to regulate television, radio and even the internet but are not prepared to undertake the statutory regulation of the print media?

Health: Obesity — Question (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that exercise is a vital part of tackling the problem of obesity? If the Government insist on local authorities cutting back on their expenditure, will not those same local authorities close gymnasiums, leisure centres and swimming pools, and sell off their playing fields? How does that help us to tackle obesity?


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