Results 181–200 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Dunlop

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I very much agree with my noble friend. The people of Scotland voted very clearly and decisively in 2014 to remain part of the United Kingdom, and at the time Nicola Sturgeon, now First Minister of Scotland, said that this was a “once in a generation” issue. It is incumbent on the SNP to respect the decision that the people of Scotland took and to focus on jobs, prosperity and...

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: HMRC is very focused on tax avoidance. The passage of the Scotland Act 2016 has meant that the debate that is going on for the Holyrood elections is about not what new powers should come to Scotland but how those powers are used. Tax is absolutely central to that, and that is a good and healthy development of the debate in Scotland.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The territorial Secretaries of State are a very powerful voice and effective representatives for the home nations of the UK at the heart of the UK Government. They should continue to be so.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: There are regular reports to Parliament on different aspects of the devolution settlement, and we will always look at how these can be improved. We have undertaken to make annual reports to this House and to Parliament on the general operation of the fiscal framework, and that is very positive.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am not sure I can give a specific date for when the first report from that commission will be forthcoming but I am happy to write to my noble friend with further information on that.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: They are not very good at geography and I do not think that consistency is always a strong point with them either.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: At the heart of the Scotland Act 2016 is the transfer of responsibility to the Scottish Parliament, along with greater accountability, so the Scottish Parliament, which has always had great powers to spend money, now has responsibility for determining how that money is raised.

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendments 1 and 2, tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Alderdice, and Lord Empey, respectively. I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in what has been, as my noble friend Lord Lexden said, a very interesting and wide-ranging debate. My noble friend Lord Trimble raised a number of issues that go wider than the amendments. He asked, in particular, about the strategy...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am glad that my noble friend raised that point because I am indeed about to address it. I recognise that the intent behind the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, is to highlight that more frequent reporting may be necessary. To respond directly to the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, this does not preclude more frequent reports. The fresh start agreement does provide flexibility for more...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, in rising to respond to this short debate, I will echo the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, in saying that when we have heard from two very eminent historians, the noble Lord, Lord Bew, and my noble friend Lord Lexden, we should tread very warily—but tread I must. Amendment 2A relates to a number of clauses in the Bill that deal with the Independent Reporting Commission. As my noble...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Murphy, to the Dispatch Box. He played a very significant role in Northern Ireland, and it is great to see him speaking from the Dispatch Box. Before I address the amendments, it has already been mentioned that organisations that deal with the legacy of the past may be the subject of legislation in future, but only if sufficient consensus can be...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, this has been a short but important debate. Clause 8 makes provision for a new undertaking to be given by all Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, in line with the fresh start agreement. To be clear with the Committee, it was necessary to introduce this undertaking through Westminster legislation because the Assembly is prohibited by the Northern Ireland Act from introducing a...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Third Reading (28 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I shall respond briefly to what has been said. In moving that the Bill do now pass, I thank all noble Lords from across the Chamber who have been involved in its passage through this House, including the noble Lord, Lord Bew, and my noble friend Lord Lexden. I thank them for their kind words. I think that it is fair to say while the contributions on this Bill may have been less...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, in light of the amendment to the Motion tabled by my noble friend Lord Forsyth, I want to set out the reasons why we should consider Parts 2 and 3 of the Bill today. I start from the proposition that there is a consensus in this House that wants to see the Bill reach the statute book and the fiscal framework to be agreed, and why should that not be the case? The Bill implements not...

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

Lord Dunlop: I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate for their contributions. Before I address some of the points that have been raised, may I first make a correction? It came as something of a surprise to me to hear that I had not responded to the noble Lords, Lord Lang and Lord Hollick. I certainly signed lots of letters and I understand that those were sent off in early February, and...

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

Lord Dunlop: Well, it was certainly signed off by me, and my understanding was that the letters had gone off, but we will check that. We want to secure the passage of the Bill and reach agreement on the fiscal framework. We can all agree that we want the focus at the Holyrood election to be on how the powers in the Bill are used. A number of noble Lords said that this House’s holding up consideration of...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, we have had a detailed debate with many authoritative contributions, and I welcome the contributions from all parts of the House. We have covered a lot of ground. I will try to do justice to all the issues that have been raised. No detriment, block grant indexation, borrowing, review, scrutiny, commencement—there is a plethora of them, and I hope that the House will bear with me...

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

Lord Dunlop: As I was saying, that is an indirect, or behavioural effect. It is not a direct effect: that is the point that I was making. What the adjustment mechanism takes into account is these direct effects. They are things that can actually be calculated, but I will come on to talk about behavioural or spillover effects, which is what I think the noble and learned Lord is talking about.

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

Lord Dunlop: One is a direct consequence of a policy decision, so in the example I gave of personal allowances, that is a direct consequence of a policy decision that is outwith the control of the other Government. It is not the behavioural or indirect effect, which is about how people react to a decision that is taken. That is the distinction that we are making.


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