Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

I want to say just two things. First, I welcome the bill and the principle of considering consolidation bills. However, the real reason that I rise is because on this, my last day of legislating in the Parliament, I am reflecting on my first day of legislating, in 1992, when the United Kingdom Parliament was considering the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill. That bill amended the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985, so no doubt it features somewhere in the bill that is before us today, although I cannot say that I have read every word of it.

That memory made me reflect on two things. First, we do stage 1 of bills much better than the UK Parliament does. Secondly, let us just say that the UK Parliament used to do stage 2 in a slightly different way. In my first month in the UK Parliament, we sat literally until dawn listening to Donald Dewar and others giving speeches of an hour or more on one or two lines of the bill that I mentioned. Perhaps that was a bit extreme in one direction, although perhaps sometimes we go to the other extreme at stage 2.

I certainly welcome the bill, and I thank you, Presiding Officer, for allowing me to speak.