Friday, June 22, 2007

Lords Forsyth and Baker

Interesting to see that Lord Forsyth is stepping up the rhetoric over the SNP's plans to scrap the graduate endowment in Scotland. There was a debate entitled 'Universities Scotland' in the House of Lords on 20 June in which Lord Forsyth and Lord Baker (Kenneth Baker, the former Home Secretary) challenged the education minister Lord Adonis about the implications of the SNP's policy for students in England and Wales. Peter MacMahon devoted his column to the debate in today's Scotsman.

You can read a full transcript of the exchanges by looking at Hansard online. It's also interesting to note that Lord Selkirk of Douglas (Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, a Tory MSP until May) contributed to the same debate; perhaps an indication of his intention to spend more time in the Upper House speaking on Scottish affairs for the opposition?


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