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The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence: Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2013)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, was very lucky that he still had his slippers on when climbing the Ben, because for me this is an even grimmer debate. I read this report with interest and found it helpful. The committee and the United Kingdom Government presume a victory for the “no” campaign. The committee has considered its angle on possible economic implications which, while...

The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence: Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2013)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My noble friend is probably right but I read the report and that is what I felt. Finally, Scotland needs to emerge from its 300-year constitutional sleep. Clearly, the limited powers granted in 1998 were the early stages of that awakening. Our neighbour and comparator country, Norway, emerged in 1905 from a 400-year constitutional sleep. After becoming one of the poorest countries in western...

Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 — Motion to Approve (16 Jan 2013)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, very briefly, and by way of introduction, I believe the referendum will lead to Scotland becoming a better democracy. The process we are involved in at the present moment, and the fact that the Edinburgh agreement was signed in Edinburgh, is a great improvement on what happened in 1921 after a ceasefire in July and fraught negotiations in Downing Street led to a treaty that people...

Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day) (21 Mar 2012)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, I want to ask my noble and learned friend a question to which I do not know the answer, so maybe he will be able to help me. The noble Lord, Lord Reid of Cardowan, talked about the need for a UK-wide referendum to deal with issues such as devo-max. I could probably go along with him on that, but I recall that Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have a status which is equivalent to...

Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day) (21 Mar 2012)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, I am most grateful for that advice. Does the noble Lord, Lord Reid, believe that Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have devo-max?

Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day) (21 Mar 2012)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: I suppose I should continue to look for advice: did they? I also note that Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have almost complete autonomy, including on foreign policy and the Treasury. The only thing they do not provide overall is their own defence.

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Forsyth is suggesting that we need another referendum on the use of tax powers. It is my memory that, 12 years ago, the second question in the referendum was along the lines of, "This Parliament should/should not have tax-varying powers". Do tax-varying powers not strike a lot wider than the Scottish variable rate, which was enacted? Consent has already been...

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, I am not certain that I fully agree with my noble friend.

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: Indeed. Let us try to identify what we are talking about. The Scottish Crown Estate is a pre-union institution. It was put together over many hundreds of years, developed particularly by King James IV, and one of the things that Scotland brought to the union. Therefore the reference to a Scottish Crown Estate commissioner sounds wholly correct. As regards the BBC-

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: No, I do not. No matter what the noble Lord says, the Scottish Crown Estate existed. I was going to make a point about the BBC. That is undoubtedly a British, 20th century creation, and therefore the idea of a BBC Trust member for Scotland is quite appropriate, but I do not think it is right to enter into the pretence that the Crown Estate is a British institution in Scotland.

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, is this not a matter of Scottish democracy? I suggest that in 2016, the Labour Party in Scotland needs to come forward-providing it is prepared to put up with the description of being nuclear Labour-with the type of policy that will presumably be substantially different from the policy continuing to be put out by the current Scottish Government.

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, one of the curiosities of the current rail franchising process is that while the British Government and, presumably, the Scottish Government cannot offer to run the railways directly, there is no opposition to foreign national Governments-through, for example, Deutsche Bahn or SNCF-running franchises in the United Kingdom.

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

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, does the clause in any way inhibit Scottish universities' polar research? My noble friend has been to the Antarctic. In 1902, William Speirs Bruce led the Scottish national Antarctic expedition in the steam yacht, "Scotia", its research ship. The "Discovery" was built in Dundee. Speirs Bruce also explored the Arctic, and one can still find the remains of Brucehaven in Spitsbergen....

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (26 Jan 2012)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, when we considered the Scotland Bill 12 or 13 years ago, the late Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish complained that the failure of the Scottish National Party to seek to appoint any Peers caused the Scottish debate to be similar to trying to debate with Banquo's ghost. I think that the late Lord would agree that that was still a problem here. Following on from what my noble friend said,...

Shipping: Towing Vessels — Question (3 Nov 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, can I ask my noble friend what he believes to be the maximum acceptable steaming time to effect a rescue after the contracting process has been completed?

Scotland Bill: Second Reading (6 Sep 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, I have no difficulty in welcoming this mild and tame devolution Bill. It is worth recognising its introduction at this time as a Liberal Democrat achievement in government. The Bill makes some progress towards greater self-government but is unlikely to be the last word on the subject. I expect that it will be amended by addition, rather than by deletion. I am interested in what this...

Barnett Formula — Question for Short Debate (15 Jun 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, it falls to me to congratulate my noble friend Lord Stephen on his excellent and constructive maiden speech. We will have to guess which parts we would have been denied had the two minutes not been extended. My noble friend has excellent experience across a range of governance. Firmly rooted in Aberdeenshire, his career in law and politics has prepared him well for this House. Ten...

Nuclear Deterrent — Statement (18 May 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, in the context of possible Scottish political independence, may I ask my noble friend two questions? First, is the life expectancy of the bases at Faslane and Coulport dependent on particular types of submarine and, secondly, has his department begun to consider the possibility of those two bases becoming a treaty port, as occurred at four Irish ports under the 1921 treaty with Ireland?

Railways: Intercity Express and Electrification — Statement (1 Mar 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, future travellers to Swansea will have to travel in the bimode train for about 35 miles. By comparison, London-to-Inverness travellers will need a bimode electro-diesel for 180 miles and those who travel on the hard road up to Aberdeen will need that for 150 miles. With regards to the split between pure electric and electro-diesel, can my noble friend please tell us whether there...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (7th Day) (28 Feb 2011)

the Earl of Mar and Kellie: My Lords, in a single sentence I hope that my noble friend the Minister will be able to point actively to a secure and active home for railway heritage preservation.


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