Scotland Bill — Third Reading

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 21st March 2016.

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Photo of Lord McAvoy Lord McAvoy Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland), Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland), Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords) 4:00 pm, 21st March 2016

My Lords, I echo a lot of what the Minister said. There was a lot of contention and division in our country during the referendum following the vow, thanks to the Daily Record, and the Smith commission, about which a lot of mistrust was put about as to the final conclusions of how we would deal with it. I am proud of the part that my party and its members played in arriving at these conclusions. We have shown Scotland that the people who do not wish to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom can deliver, by all accounts, the demands and wishes of the Scottish people to have more powers for the Scottish Parliament without necessarily separating from our friends and colleagues throughout the rest of the United Kingdom.

Collectively, this House, despite some rumbustious moments, some slight scepticism and very heavy scrutiny, has fulfilled its role in passing the Bill and ensuring that it is a better Bill than when it came here. We will send it back to the other place and hopefully it will be accepted there.

Westminster as a Parliament has delivered the wishes of the Scottish people. We can regain their trust, despite the cynicism put about at the time of the referendum. Collectively—although there have been various differences, which no doubt will continue—I have no doubt that we have delivered for the people of Scotland and we can look them in the face.

Amendment 10 agreed.

Amendment 11

Moved by Lord Dunlop

11: Clause 40, page 43, line 14, leave out subsection (4)

Amendment 11 agreed.

Clause 41: Roads: traffic signs etc

Amendments 12 and 13

Moved by Lord Dunlop

12: Clause 41, page 44, leave out lines 34 to 37 and insert—

“(a) in relation to a function so far as exercisable within devolved competence, within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998, means the Scottish Ministers;

(b) otherwise, means the Secretary of State;”.”

13: Clause 41, page 45, line 10, leave out subsection (24)

Amendments 12 and 13 agreed.

Clause 42: Roads: speed limits

Amendments 14 and 15

Moved by Lord Dunlop

14: Clause 42, page 46, line 30, leave out “relevant” and insert “national”

15: Clause 42, page 46, line 39, leave out paragraph (g)

Amendments 14 and 15 agreed.

Amendment 16

Moved by Lord Dunlop

16: After Clause 42, insert the following new Clause—

“Roads: parking

(1) The Road Traffic Act 1988 is amended as follows.

(2) Section 20 (parking on verges etc: definition of “heavy commercial vehicle”) is amended as follows.

(3) In subsection (5) for “Secretary of State” substitute “national authority”.

(4) At the end add—

“(8) In subsection (5) “national authority”—

(a) in relation to a function so far as exercisable within devolved competence, within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998, means the Scottish Ministers;

(b) otherwise, means the Secretary of State.

(9) Before making any regulations under subsection (5) in relation to vehicles used on roads in Scotland, the Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers.”

(5) Section 41 (regulation of construction, weight, equipment and use of vehicles) is amended as follows.

(6) In subsection (1) for “Secretary of State” substitute “national authority”.

(7) After subsection (2) insert—

“(2A) In subsection (1) “national authority”—

(a) in relation to a function so far as exercisable within devolved competence, within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998, means the Scottish Ministers;

(b) otherwise, means the Secretary of State.

(2B) Before making any regulations under this section in relation to the parking of vehicles on roads in Scotland, the Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers.””

Amendment 16 agreed.

Amendment 17

Moved by Lord McCluskey

17: After Clause 70, insert the following new Clause—

“The Barnett Formula

Within 30 days of the date on which this Act is passed, the Secretary of State shall publish as a memorandum, supplementary to the agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government on the Scottish Government’s fiscal framework, a document containing a full description of any agreement reached between the governments relating to the future of the Barnett Formula or its application, amendment, reassessment or replacement in the future, including any agreement as to when any such change is intended to be considered by the two governments in the future.”