Scotland Bill — Third Reading

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 21st March 2016.

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Photo of Lord Purvis of Tweed Lord Purvis of Tweed Liberal Democrat 3:45 pm, 21st March 2016

Before the noble and learned Lord sits down, although that was perhaps his final point from the Dispatch Box on this, he said in response to my noble friend Lord Stephen that this is now stating in a declaratory way that the Sewel convention exists. However, it is worth reminding the House that paragraph 22 of the Smith commission report said:

“The Sewel Convention will be put on a statutory footing”,

not that it will be declaratory that it exists.

Amendment 3 agreed.

Amendment 4

Moved by Lord Dunlop

4: Clause 3, page 2, leave out lines 30 to 33

Amendment 4 agreed.

Clause 5: Timing of elections

Amendments 5 to 9

Moved by Lord Dunlop

5: Clause 5, page 6, line 11, leave out “(1ZA)” and insert “(1AA)”

6: Clause 5, page 6, line 12, leave out from beginning to first “The” in line 13 and insert “After subsection (1A) insert—

(1AA) ”

7: Clause 5, page 6, line 13, leave out “date specified by” and insert “day specified in or fixed under”

8: Clause 5, page 6, line 14, leave out “date is the same date as” and insert “day is the day of”

9: Clause 5, page 6, leave out lines 16 to 22 and insert—

“(1AB) Where subsection (1AA) prevents the poll being held on the day specified in or fixed under subsection (1), the poll is to be held on such other day as the Scottish Ministers may by order specify.

(1AC) An order under subsection (1AB) is subject to the affirmative procedure.”

Amendments 5 to 9 agreed.

Clause 40: Roads

Amendment 10

Moved by Lord Dunlop

10: Clause 40, page 43, line 11, at end insert—

“( ) In paragraph (d) of that reservation, after “the Road Traffic Act 1988” insert “, except so far as relating to the parking of vehicles on roads,”.”