Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:40 pm on 24th May 2000.

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Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Conservative 8:40 pm, 24th May 2000

My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for explaining these orders in such detail.

I wish to raise only one specific point, though I shall be interested to hear her replies to the noble Earl, Lord Mar and Kellie. My point concerns the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order. That involves tax credits.

Can the Minister tell me whether tax credits will now be handled in a different way from those in England and Wales? If so, what will be the effect? Also, is it possible that the transfers will impinge on the rights of Parliament to revise taxes or tax credits? I look forward to hearing the noble Baroness's reply.