Point of Order

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:02 pm on 30th October 2002.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 5:02 pm, 30th October 2002

The answer is that the formula for the time for opening speeches is always attuned to the length of time of the debate. That happened in this case. Without giving away internal matters of the bureau, I assure the member that the debate was given more time than was proposed originally. I am sorry that he was among those who were not called to speak in it.