New Forest East

DEMOCRACY – PR & SCOTLAND – 29 June 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: What plans he has to review the methods for electing Members of the Scottish Parliament?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Well, I am surprised by the Secretary of State's response. The Conservatives are honest enough and principled enough – [Interruption.] – to say that we are opposed to proportional representation even though it gives us seats in Scotland that we would not otherwise have. Would the Secretary of State have liked an outcome whereby his party could have had a decisive win in the Scottish elections, or does he honestly prefer the outcome that he got – a hung Parliament, in which the Liberal Democrats, who came fourth in terms of votes, have a permanent place on the Executive?