Results 141–160 of 1860 for speaker:Lord Selkirk of Douglas

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that with the increased responsibility will go increased accountability? That must not be forgotten.

Scotland Bill — Third Reading (21 Mar 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, when the Calman commission sat, the most important principles that it was trying to support were equity and accountability; this echoes what the noble and learned Lord has just said. I remind the House that on 7 September 2004, the day the Scottish Parliament opened at Holyrood, the Reverend Charles Robertson, minister of the Canongate church, was first to speak during the regular...

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: In view of the fact that I asked the second Question yesterday, I feel entitled to give the Minister warm congratulations on his part in securing this agreement on the fiscal framework. Does not this pave the way for the debate in Scotland to move forwards and focus fully on how the new and extensive powers should be used?

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Fiscal Framework that accompanies the Scotland Bill.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: In light of the Statement being made by the First Minister in the Scottish Parliament at 2.30 pm today, which may still be going on, will the Minister continue with discussions, however difficult the circumstances may be? Will he keep in mind that this House wishes all parts of the United Kingdom to be treated with fairness and that, if there are to be increased powers, these have to be...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, I should mention first that I was an MSP for the first eight years of the Scottish Parliament. I want to make a series of small points. The first is that an agreement between the Government and the devolved Scots Administration should not be beyond the wit of humankind, even in difficult circumstances. I hope that the Minister will keep negotiating and that his efforts will be...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My noble friend’s suggestion does not seem to have the disadvantages of the amendment, which I will come to in a moment, and I hope that it will be looked at sympathetically in some form because it could be an important step forward. There is of course frustration in the Scottish Parliament about this. The convener of the Devolution Committee, Bruce Crawford MSP, recently stated there would...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Refugees (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of refugees in (1) Europe, (2) the Middle East, and (3) North Africa, and what those figures are broken down by country.

Daesh in Syria and Iraq — Statement (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: Has there been substantial progress in destroying the stockpiles of chemical weapons, which was promised quite some time ago?

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, Amendment 2, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, can be legitimately accepted by Ministers on the basis that it is a more accurate assessment of the present situation. When I first became an advocate I was summoned by the Solicitor-General. I went up to him, not knowing what he was going to say, and he said he wanted to know whether I would become a parliamentary counsel. At that...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, it is a very great pleasure to congratulate my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering. Her speech was excellent and we look forward to very many more. She and I have both been advocates at the Scots Bar, but unlike many parliamentarians she has been both an MEP and an MP. Our training as advocates helps us to think straight—I like to hope so, at any rate. She will find this House...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My noble friend misunderstands the purpose of what I was saying. It would of course be 100% better if we had the fiscal framework before us. I hope the Minister will assure us that he will report back to the House on the progress of his discussions with the Scottish Government, because that is very important. However, if a Bill went through this Parliament on a subject which came under the...

Defence: Budget — Question for Short Debate (17 Jun 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, our Prime Ministers have in the past often faced a dilemma over how much to spend on defence. Indeed, on 12 November 1936, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin said during the debate on the Address: “Supposing I had gone to the country and said that Germany was rearming and that we must rearm, does anybody think that this pacific democracy would have rallied to that cry at that moment?...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 1 Jun 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, I very much enjoyed the speech just made by the noble Baroness and found it very interesting. I also very much congratulate the new Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Dunlop, on his considerable speech, which was very wide-ranging and effective. I look forward to many more contributions from him in the future. I declare a past interest as an elected Member of the Scottish Parliament...

Syrian Refugees — Question (13 Jan 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Oxfam survey which found that 65 per cent of Syrian refugees feared they might not be able to return to their homes, how they are co-ordinating with host countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq to improve the living conditions, educational opportunities and employability of those who have fled the conflict in Syria.

Syrian Refugees — Question (13 Jan 2015)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: I thank the Minister for her very positive reply. Although providing food, shelter and medical assistance must remain an immediate priority to reduce human suffering, given that there are over 1.3 million refugees under 18 and that the United Nations says that two-thirds of these are receiving no education at all, does the Minister accept that the provision of schooling and vocational...

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Report: Fusilier Lee Rigby — Statement (25 Nov 2014)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: The Statement today is extremely welcome. Will the Leader of the House give an assurance that servicemen and servicewomen will be given advice and guidance if that should become necessary in the circumstances?

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: My Lords, I enjoyed the noble Lord’s lucid speech and I have no doubt that it will be noted by the commission of the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Kelvin. First, I should mention that I had a past interest as a Member of the Scottish Parliament. I remember the night of that election very well because those counting the votes said that they had had enough at 3.30 in the morning. As a result,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Public Expenditure (14 May 2014)

Lord Selkirk of Douglas: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 23 April (HL 6672), for each £100 of identifiable public expenditure per capita in England, for each of the last ten years, how much was spent in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland.


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