When we now have a uncommon spare second, readers, there’s nothing we take pleasure in extra for a little bit of enjoyable and leisure than to fireside off a couple of Freedom Of Data requests.
And only for some selection, final month we despatched a pair to the UK Parliament – primarily on behalf of our Quantity One fan, Pete Wishart MP.
The solutions got here on this week.
We’d requested these questions:
(1) Would Scottish members of the Home Of Lords who had been ennobled previous to independence be disbarred (or no matter time period is suitable) from the Home on the level of independence?
(2) Would retired former MPs representing Scottish constituencies, and both already in receipt of a UK Parliamentary pension or entitled to obtain it in future, proceed to obtain/be entitled to these pensions?
(3) Would MPs who represented Scottish constituencies on the time of independence obtain their UK Parliamentary pensions, on the acceptable stage in accordance with their contributions to the Parliamentary pension scheme, as much as the purpose of independence?
Two days in the past we bought a nicely-formatted PDF response from the Lords, below a correct Parliamentary letterhead, informing us that the reply to query (1) “would solely rely upon the phrases of the independence settlement, if and when it occurred.“
And tonight we bought a separate reply on questions (2) and (3) from the Commons – in regular electronic mail physique textual content, no good fairly PDF right here – saying just about the identical factor, fairly extra brusquely:
“This data isn’t held by the Home of Commons.”
So what does that inform us? It tells us that if Scotland had been to develop into unbiased this yr, Pete Wishart wouldn’t know if he was nonetheless going to get his £50,000-a-year MP pension or not when Scotland now not had any Westminster MPs.
(Certainly, it’s not completely sure that he’d preserve getting it even when he’d retired sooner or later earlier than independence and was being paid it in the course of the intervening interval.)
We go on these observations with out remark, simply to your data.