Results 21–40 of 1801 for speaker:Peter Grant

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 19 - Consequential provision (29 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: First, I have a concern similar to the hon. Gentleman’s. It is the same concern that the SNP has expressed repeatedly throughout the progress of this Bill and many others. If the Bill does not just give any Minister the power to do whatever they like, will the Minister explain what clause 19 does not allow them to do? I always think it is interesting that when they give powers to Ministers,...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 20 - Regulations: general (29 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: Following the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute, the existence of schedule 2 specifically tells us everything we need to know about the nature of what is sometimes claimed to be democracy in this place. There is an explicit assumption in the schedule that Ministers in this place have the right to directly hold to account the democratically elected national Parliaments...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 18 - Abolition of business impact target (29 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: My apologies for being late for the start of the sitting, Sir Gary. About eight years ago, I bought myself a car. For a long time, the car did pretty much what I wanted it to do, but now it is showing its age and is not really behaving the way I would like, and I am wondering whether it is worth keeping. It would be foolhardy for me to get rid of my car when I have no idea what kind of car I...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 15 - Powers to revoke or replace (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: A long time ago now, it seems, I was a member of my local planning authority for a number of years. We used to get dozens and dozens of planning applications for consideration, and there was often a lot of discussion about whether councillors who were uncomfortable with an application should attempt to draft conditions that had to be honoured before the application could be approved. A lot...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 14 - Powers to restate or reproduce: general (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: Sorry, but have amendments 55 and 56 been disposed of?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 14 - Powers to restate or reproduce: general (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I had intended to press both to a Division, Sir George, but to save time, and given that the Government Whip already has her great big no vote ready to hang up to make sure that Conservative Back Benchers know what they are supposed to do, there is clearly no point. We know the result already, so to save the Committee time, I will not press either amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 12 - Power to restate retained EU law (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: Can the Minister explain the difference between restating and amending? At what point does a restatement of a piece of legislation become either an amendment or a completely new piece of legislation? Who will be the arbiter of that? Will the courts decide?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 12 - Power to restate retained EU law (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I am sorry if the Minister did not understand my question. I am talking not about the political, democratic scrutiny, but about the legal interpretation of restated legislation, which will fall to the courts. My question is: who decides whether what has been done under clause 12 is simply a restatement of EU retained law or an amendment to law, which requires a different process?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 14 - Powers to restate or reproduce: general (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I rise to speak to amendments 55 and 56 in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute. This is an attempt to, once again, restrict the Executive’s power grab and to limit, to some small extent, the extent to which the Government are taking powers away from this Parliament and for themselves. It is an attempt to limit the use of Henry VIII powers. First, the amendments...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 11 - Procedural requirements (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I cannot speak about what decisions the Scottish Parliament will take after we are independent, but I look forward to seeing that day before any of us are very much older. I am confident that it is a modern, democratic Parliament with much improved scrutiny procedures. For example, in the Scottish Parliament it would have been impossible for us to have two changes of Prime Minister without...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 11 - Procedural requirements (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I stand to speak in favour of the amendment, although, at best, all it seeks to do is take an entirely unacceptable clause and make it slightly less unacceptable. Clause 11 is about a Henry VIII power; it is about removing protections for this House that were, ironically, forced on the Government by Members of the other House. I am not a great fan of unelected legislatures anywhere—I...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 11 - Procedural requirements (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I oppose the inclusion of clause 11, as I indicated earlier. I will give the Minister credit and assume that she just got confused. She has attempted to justify removing the requirement for full parliamentary consideration of a Bill to revoke European legislation and turning it all into secondary legislation. Not content with insisting on a sunset clause that means that if that secondary...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 10 - Scope of powers (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The Minister referred to domestic secondary legislation. Does she not understand that if a piece of secondary legislation relates exclusively to, for example, a devolved power of Senedd Cymru, as far as this place is concerned that is not domestic law—it is somebody else’s domestic law—and this Parliament should keep out of it?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 10 - Scope of powers (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I beg to move amendment 50, in clause 10, page 11, line 12, leave out paragraph (b) and insert— “(b) for sub-paragraph (2), substitute— (2) Power may only be exercised by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) if— (a) a written statement explaining the modification has been published by the Secretary of State, (b) the Secretary of State has made an oral statement on the modification to both...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 10 - Scope of powers (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The difference, of course, is that any secondary legislation—even if it is done by the affirmative procedure—goes through a Delegated Legislation Committee in which, at best, three or four of the parties in this House are represented. For the last seven and a half years, the Scottish National party has been represented in those Committees because of the exceptional level of support that...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 7 - Role of courts (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: It is clearly not for me to comment on the best way for a Department for domestic English affairs to rule on what English courts and English Law Officers can do and must do. Equally, it is not for anybody here, including those of us from Scotland, to change the rules on what the Law Officers and courts of Scotland can do and must do—that is exclusively for the Parliament of Scotland. Given...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 7 - Role of courts (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I do not know whether the Minister fully understood the significance of my question. We have not tabled the amendments because we think that the power is being given to the domestic Law Officers and courts of England—that is not for us to comment on. It is not even that we think that what is being proposed is wrong for the domestic Law Officers and courts of Scotland. However, what is...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 7 - Role of courts (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The comments I made in relation to the last group of amendments are equally, if not more, applicable here. I appreciate that many members of the Committee would not have thought that the submission from the Law Society of Scotland was relevant to the interests of their constituents, nor should it be. The legal systems of the two nations are entirely separate. They are required to be in...


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