Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 29th February 2016.

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Amendments 56K and 56L

Moved by Lord Dunlop

56K: After Clause 19, insert the following new Clause—“Borrowing(1) The Scotland Act 1998 is amended as follows.(2) Section 66(1) (borrowing by the Scottish Ministers from the Secretary of State) is amended as follows.(3) At the end of paragraph (b) omit “and”.(4) In paragraph (c)—(a) after “devolved taxes,” omit “or”;(b) after “Scottish rate resolution,” insert “or from amounts payable under section 64A,”.(5) After paragraph (c) insert—“(d) any sums which in accordance with rules determined by the Treasury are required by them to meet current expenditure because of an excess of welfare payments over forecast welfare payments, and(e) any sums which in accordance with rules made by the Treasury are required by them to meet current expenditure because of a Scotland-specific negative economic shock.”(6) After that subsection insert—“(1ZA) In subsection (1)(d) “welfare payments” means—(a) payments under any provision relating to matters within exceptions 1 to 10 in Section F1 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 or exception 1 in Section H3 of that Part, and(b) payments attributable to regulations made by the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 27 or 28 of the Scotland Act 2016 (powers in relation to universal credit).”(7) In section 67(2) and (3A) (lending under section 66(1)) for “£500 million” substitute “£1.75 billion”.(8) In section 67A (lending for capital expenditure) in subsections (1) and (3) for “£2.2 billion” substitute “£3 billion”.(9) The Treasury may by regulations make transitional or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of the amendments made by this section.(10) Regulations under subsection (9) must be made by statutory instrument. (11) A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (9), if made without a draft having been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons, is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the House of Commons.”

56L: After Clause 19, insert the following new Clause—“Provision of information to the Office for Budget Responsibility(1) The Scotland Act 1998 is amended as follows.(2) After section 96 (provision of information to the Treasury) insert—“96A Provision of information to the Office for Budget Responsibility(1) The Office for Budget Responsibility has a right of access at any reasonable time to all Scottish public finances information which it may reasonably require for the purpose of the performance of its duty under section 4 of the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 (duty to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances).(2) The Office is entitled to require from any person holding or accountable for any Scottish public finances information any assistance or explanation which the Office reasonably thinks necessary for that purpose.(3) “Scottish public finances information” means information held by the Scottish Ministers or by any Scottish public authority specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State. (4) This section is subject to any enactment or rule of law which operates to prohibit or restrict the disclosure of information or the giving of any assistance or explanation.”(3) In Schedule 7 (procedure for subordinate legislation), in paragraph 1(2) insert at the appropriate place—“Section 96AType C”.”

Amendments 56K and 56L agreed.

Amendments 57 to 57B not moved.

Clause 29: Employment support

Amendments 58 and 59 not moved.

Amendment 60 not moved.

Clause 68: Power to make consequential, transitional and saving provision