Parliamentary Bureau Motion

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 1:10 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Bill Aitken Bill Aitken Conservative 1:10 pm, 13th February 2002

I will not detain the chamber long, because the issue is fairly straightforward. It is worth pointing out that, when this was first canvassed at the bureau, it was agreed—as the Minister for Parliamentary Business said—but with the caveat that if there were a substantial number of amendments, there could be difficulties. I was not present, but I am advised that Mr Johnstone raised the matter at the bureau two weeks ago. He certainly raised it in the chamber two weeks ago. Unless we want a great deal of confusion, there will have to be a separation of the debate into two days. We will adhere to that line.