Schedule 1 — Water Industry Commissioner and Customer Panels: Further Provision

Part of Water Industry (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:30 pm on 14th February 2002.

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Photo of Fiona McLeod Fiona McLeod Scottish National Party 12:30 pm, 14th February 2002

Bristow Muldoon's remarks have made it clear that the debate will go on and on. It is about parliamentary approval of pivotal appointments in public life in Scotland. The evidence that we received last week during the debate on the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill was that the Labour and Liberal Democrat Executive has still not worked out a mechanism that will ensure that such pivotal appointments are above political interference. Only parliamentary approval, such as the Liberal Democrats tell us in their manifesto that they want, but which they give up in the Executive, will ensure that the appointments are above the political process.