Lords question Alistair Carmichael and Lord Wallace of Tankerness

12 March 2014

The House of Lords Constitution Committee will take evidence from Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael MP and Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace of Tankerness on Wednesday 12 March.


At 10.30am, Wednesday 12 March 2014, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster:

  • Rt Hon. Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Rt Hon. Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Advocate General for Scotland

Likely questions

The Committee will question the witnesses on a range of issues for its inquiry into the constitutional implications of Scottish independence for the rest of the UK. Areas likely to be covered include:

  • What plans the Government are making for the constitutional implications of a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum?
  • Do the UK Government view the timetable for independence in the event of a ‘yes’ vote (independence by 24 March 2016) as binding?  What would happen if the negotiating teams could not reach an agreement?
  • Would the UK negotiating team contain persons other than Government Ministers?
  • Would Scottish MPs have to leave the House of Commons on independence day? How would they be removed?
  • What legislation would be required in Westminster to allow negotiations to begin? What would be required to ratify the outcome of the negotiations?
  • What legal principles should apply to negotiations on the division of assets and liabilities (such as the national debt) that are currently UK wide?
  • Does the UK Government accept that there could be some ‘shared services’ following Scottish independence?

Further information

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