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Arbitration Agreements: Scotland

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 3, line 42 after "cannot", insert

'if it is a domestic arbitration agreement'.

With this it will be convenient to take amendment No. 3.

To take up the phrase used by my hon. Friend the Minister, this is a further tidying-up amendment. It will be noted that it concerns a clause relating to Scotland. It ensures that the Bill deals only with domestic arbitration agreements that have no international flavour. The position, therefore, in Scotland will be precisely the same as in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Amendment No. 3 is a further tidying amendment and is of a somewhat technical nature. It follows, quite naturally, the preceding amendment and provides for Scotland a definition of domestic arbitration agreements to make effective the preceding amendment.

It falls to me to provide the harmony and unanimity, to which we are becoming accustomed with the Bill.

As my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth said, these are two further tidying amendments. They are desirable to put the Bill into proper shape and to speed it on its way on to the statute book. I support the amendments.

Amendment agreed to.