Point of Order

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:52 pm on 5 March 2003.

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Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson Conservative 4:52, 5 March 2003

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, of which I have given you written notice. At 12.26 this afternoon, according to my e-mail, the National Farmers Union of Scotland issued a press release saying that the Executive is to lodge a number of amendments to the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill that will

"achieve radical changes which were not envisaged when this process began over three years ago."

That suggests that others have been made privy to details of Executive amendments of which members of the Scottish Parliament have still not been made aware. I understand that the amendments will not be lodged until Friday at the earliest, which will leave precious little time for scrutiny of those amendments to that serious piece of legislation. Presiding Officer, I ask you whether you consider that to be in order.