Independence Referendum

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2017.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

Ms Forbes, I am sorry to interrupt—I gather that you have just started.

Members, as well as members of the public, will probably be aware from social media and news reports that they are following on their phones that there has been a serious incident at Westminster and that the Parliament at Westminster has been locked down because of security concerns.

I certainly have no wish to cause undue alarm, and security here has been increased but, as I am aware and as the business managers and I have discussed, the fact that our sister Parliament has had a serious incident is affecting this debate and is affecting the contribution of members. For that reason, we have decided to close the sitting and we will find time to resume this debate—[

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.] Thank you. We will resume the debate and be able to have it in a full and frank manner, but I think that to continue at the moment would not allow members to make their contributions in the manner that they would wish to.

I will close the debate, and we will circulate information to members about when chamber business will be resumed. Thank you very much.

Meeting closed at 15:57.