Results 1–20 of 45 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Sanderson of Bowden

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: Following on from the last question, when does my noble friend expect to see the first report, post this Act, from the Scottish Fiscal Commission on the projections for Scotland over the next year or two?

Scotland Bill — Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I strongly support Amendment 56L, produced by my noble friend. I consider the work of an independent fiscal commission to be vital for the future not just of the Scottish Parliament but of the whole United Kingdom in this new arrangement where so many powers are being devolved. I said at Second Reading that I believed the OBR was a great initiative of the coalition Government, and...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: I, too, have grave concerns about this part of the Smith commission report, in paragraph 67, on the functions of the British police in Scotland being a devolved matter. We have heard from somebody from Northern Ireland on this whole question of security, which is so important. Why, if we have something that works as the British Transport Police does, do we change it? It is very dangerous to...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I think there ought to be a bit of border solidarity here. I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Steel, about the ability to have agreement north and south of the border on various matters relating to roads. For example, if you go through one village, as I do on my way to the train, there is a 30mph limit—that is in England, of course—and in Scotland it is 40mph. In...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I support the thrust of the amendments from the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull. The Crown Estate is an independent, commercial business. It is extremely well run and, of course, it pays its profits to the Treasury. It is a great shame that we do not have anyone from the Scottish National Party in the Chamber so that we can hear what they have to say about this future arrangement. It...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I, too, support the noble Earl’s amendment but I agree that it does not go nearly far enough. At Second Reading, as the Minister knows, I took a particular interest in scrutiny. When we come to the financial part of the Bill, scrutiny is going to be even more important. The Office for Budget Responsibility has done a tremendous job in the United Kingdom since our Government...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I am one of the few non-lawyers who are even putting their foot into this particular hole. I stand to be corrected by the Front Bench, but Clause 2, which has been referred to, makes perfect sense if the United Kingdom Parliament remains sovereign and can legally legislate on anything, including devolved matters. But that would contradict Clause 1 if the purpose of that clause is to...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I welcome the arrival of the Bill in this House. I also welcome the arrival of my neighbour here, my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering, whom I congratulate on her very excellent speech. As somebody who served in a Scottish regiment, I was particularly struck, in the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, by what he said about the referendum campaign: we are...

Energy: Onshore Wind — Statement (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: When my noble friend’s right honourable friend speaks to the Scottish Government on Wednesday will she remind them that nuclear power is very important in the overall scheme of things for energy? Just because the Scottish Government refuse, through their planning powers, to renew Hunterston and Torness, surely that is a retrograde step.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (1 Jun 2015)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, first, let me say how pleased I was to hear the three maiden speeches. I am particularly pleased to welcome the noble Lord, Lord Dunlop, to the Front Bench. His knowledge of Scottish affairs is very great indeed and we look forward very much to having him here when the Scotland Bill comes before this House. I should say at the beginning, too, that I agreed with everything that the...

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, like my noble friend Lord Steel, I must congratulate my own Scottish Borders on returning the highest no vote in mainland Scotland, but there is no doubt that the referendum has created the most divisions throughout Scotland that I have ever witnessed. It will take a very long time to heal the wounds. Splits in communities were very obvious and in many families there was division....

Education: Reform of GCSEs — Statement (11 Jun 2013)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: Will my noble friend tell me whether in his consultation he will consult the devolved authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and whether there is the slightest chance that they will go along with our plans?

Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: I have no doubt that my noble friend on the Front Bench will have a note that says "resist". However, the whole principle of the Barnett formula has to be dealt with. There is no time like the present to make a start, so the Government have to set up a consultation. I hear what my noble friend Lord Steel says-that it will be difficult to implement quickly-but it is not going to be implemented...

Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: Perhaps I may come back to what the noble Lord, Lord Browne, said at the end of his speech. Having his amendment in the Bill would bind the Scottish Parliament to its vote for the whole of this exercise. That is the most important part of this whole business. I cannot for the life of me see why the Government cannot accept it.

Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I assume that my noble friend had serious reservations about the terms of Section 30 being agreed with the First Minister. After all, in recent press comments, the First Minister has said, "Will you please leave this all to us in Scotland and we will organise the referendum as we want it?". I send good wishes to those from the Government who will carry out these vital negotiations...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: I may be able to help the noble and learned Lord. The road that I use to go to Berwick-and no doubt the noble Lord, Lord Steel, does the same-goes through a small village in Scotland, in which the speed limit is 40 mph. When you go into England, it is 30 mph. I happened to get caught going at 35 mph in the village of Wark, so there are differences at the moment on these roads.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I wish to intervene in this debate particularly in relation to Amendment 45, tabled in the name of my noble friend Lord Selkirk. The qualifications of the Crown Estate commissioner for Scotland are absolutely vital. I have a certain amount of knowledge of this, having worked with four of the most recent Crown Estate commissioners for Scotland. The most important thing to remember is...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I strongly support both my noble friend's amendment and that of the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes. I should perhaps declare an interest. I have two grandchildren, both aged 17. One is at school in Scotland and has been offered a place at Cambridge. The other is at school in England, lives in England and has been offered a place, conditional on her A-level results, at Edinburgh University.

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: In my case, no doubt everyone will realise that the grandfather will have to pay. That is one part of it. I strongly support what my noble friend Lord Maclennan said when he asked my noble and learned friend on the Front Bench to take this matter away, consider it carefully and come back with an answer that will give us some satisfaction. The question was asked earlier in this very good...

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: My Lords, I raise one point on the amendment, which is slightly wide of the purpose and message of the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes. Can my noble and learned friend explain why energy is a reserved matter in the Scotland Act, but, because planning powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party Government see fit to do nothing about the Torness nuclear station and...


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