All 1 Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Earl of Caithness

Equality (Titles) Bill [HL]

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Earl of Caithness
Friday 6th December 2013

(10 years, 6 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness D'Souza Portrait The Lord Speaker (Baroness D'Souza)
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Does the noble Earl wish to withdraw the amendment?

Earl of Caithness Portrait The Earl of Caithness
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Yes, but I want to say to the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, that she hit the nail on the head with regard to the words “hereditary title”. Because it is so ambiguous, the purpose of this amendment is to narrow it down; otherwise, this will become a lawyer’s paradise, particularly in Scotland where heredity is a different game. The Bill seeks to impose on five different regimes one solution that fits all, the principle of which none of us disagrees with. In Scotland, the position is very different and there are huge complications which will end up in a number of court cases. That is why I want the Bill to be much more specific. However, I wish to comment on Amendment 2, which the noble Earl, Lord Erroll, will move, so at this stage I will withdraw Amendment 1.