Scotland Questions

On 15 October, Graeme asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr Alistair Carmichael, the following question:

Graeme Morrice: What assessment he has made of the implications for Government policy of the outcome of the referendum on independence for Scotland. [905364]

Mr Alistair Carmichael: The referendum result ensures that Scotland remains part of our United Kingdom. I welcome the fact that all parties have chosen to participate in cross-party talks chaired by Lord Smith to deliver further devolution. On Monday, the Government published a Command Paper. Following receipt of Lord Smith’s report, we will publish draft clauses before Burns night.

Mr Graeme Morrice: In June, the Prime Minister signed a joint statement with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, committing himself to “full representation” for Scotland in the House of Commons. Did the Prime Minister’s commitment extend only to the first UKIP win?

Mr Alistair Carmichael: I assure the hon. Gentleman that the Prime Minister remains committed to the level of Scottish representation on which he had previously given an undertaking.