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UK Parliament must remain responsible for foreign and defence policy

Mike Gapes MP spoke during the discussion in Parliament on 27th November about the Smith Commission proposals for more devolution to Scotland. Here is his exchange with the Secretary of State for Scotland:

Mike Gapes (Ilford South): The commission and the parties recognised that foreign affairs would remain a reserved matter. The report refers to vital “national infrastructure” in respect of the security and defence of the United Kingdom. Will the Secretary of State confirm that all parties involved in the Smith commission, including the SNP and the Greens, signed up to that? Will he therefore have discussions with the Scottish Government to make it clear that it is this House and this United Kingdom that are responsible for the foreign and defence policy of our country?

27 Nov 2014 : Column 1105

Mr Carmichael: I confirm that it was an agreement of all the parties. I hope that all parties will demonstrate good faith and honour that agreement. Obviously, I cannot account for everyone.

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