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 Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 4:52, 5 March 2003

I am afraid that I cannot give a very helpful ruling in response to that question. I am grateful to the member for giving me advance notice of his point of order. However, I have not seen the amendments to which he refers, so I am not in a position to take a view of the nature of the amendments, nor can I speculate about whether they have been seen by third parties. In general terms, there is nothing to prevent details of amendments from being discussed with others prior to their being lodged; that is quite normal. However, the member might wish to raise the matter again when we have seen the amendments.