Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:37 pm on 15th December 1999.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 2:37 pm, 15th December 1999

During the open debate, there will be the usual four-minute time limit. It was reported to me during the lunch break that while the two deputies were in the chair two members not only exceeded their time but did not wind up and sit down when they were asked to do so. In fairness to other members, we cannot allow such behaviour. Therefore we are opening a black book. Those whose names are entered in the black book will find that next time they press their button their names will mysteriously appear at the bottom of the list. I hope that that will encourage fairness in the chamber.