Results 81–100 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

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My noble friend has great experience of these matters and I agree very much with what he says. Community groups and organisations have a big part to play in creating a more prosperous, more stable future for Northern Ireland and we will certainly do what we can to support those groups.

Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, this statutory instrument, the Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015, makes a number of changes to the legislative framework for Northern Ireland elections. Some are minor administrative points, and I will focus on the two most substantive provisions. The draft order makes provision to allow the retention of certain entries on the Northern Ireland electoral...

Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord Tyler, Lord Bew, Lord Kennedy and Lord Empey, for their contributions. The noble Lords, Lord Tyler and Lord Kennedy, have reminded us of the recent debate over the end of transition to individual electoral registration in Great Britain, particularly regarding the concerns that they have over the impact on GB registers of removing the remaining...

Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I do not have that information, but I am happy to write to the noble Lord.

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the United Kingdom is the most successful multinational state the world has ever known. On 18 September last year, people in Scotland voted in record numbers and by a clear and decisive majority to keep together our United Kingdom. However, last year’s referendum showed that nothing can be taken for granted; our union is precious, to be sustained and cherished day in, day out....

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: Fundamentally, I think it was the economic arguments that were decisive in the referendum. When the country is at stake, you want to do everything possible to maximise the no vote. That was what was done.

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I am not quite clear whether he is saying that it was my idea or Gordon Brown’s. The key point about the vow is that three UK party leaders agreed it. On the night of the referendum, as I waited for the results to come in, I listened carefully to what my noble friend Lord Forsyth of Drumlean had to say on the BBC’s “Scotland Decides” programme. He cut straight to the chase, as he so...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I shall come on to speak about the fiscal framework. The Government of Scotland and the UK Government are negotiating the fiscal framework and exactly how we put those principles, including the no-detriment principles, into practice. I will come back to that. The Bill also enables the devolution of many other responsibilities, from the management of the Crown Estate’s economic assets in...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I seem to have heard “plan B” somewhere before. I say to the noble Lord that we are planning for success here. We working for success and the UK and Scottish Governments are saying the same thing. We are working constructively together to reach an agreement as soon as we can and good progress is being made.

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord. In broad terms, the Scottish Government and the UK Government are working in sync on this. On Friday, the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said, “I think fundamentally we need to make progress on the Scotland Bill so that the Scottish Parliament can take its final decision on whether the bill is to be adopted before we get to the Scottish Parliament elections...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: As I said, we are working very hard to get this fiscal framework agreed as quickly as we can. This House considered the tax provisions of the previous Scotland Bill on their merits but, when it did so, aspects such as the block grant adjustment had not been agreed, so there is a precedent here. However, as I said, these two processes need to come together, and that is what we are working hard...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I need to make progress, as a lot of noble Lords want to speak. I have a closing speech and will say more about the fiscal framework in response to points made during the debate. At this stage, let me conclude by saying that I am confident that the settlement agreed by the Smith commission, as set out in the Bill, will show itself in time to be durable. I beg to move. Amendment to the Motion...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, this has been a lively debate, to say the least. It has been a good, informed and productive debate, and has demonstrated once again the important role of this House in scrutinising legislation. The House has had the benefit of the experience and wisdom of many of your Lordships who have helped shape the destiny of Scotland over many years—before the Scottish Parliament, at its...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord anticipated what I was going to talk about. He is always very prescient about these matters. I want to explain why the Government believe that the Bill can proceed without delay and without compromising the detailed scrutiny of the fiscal framework, which Parliament rightly expects to carry out. First, there are the practicalities around delivering the promises that we made....

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: To answer the noble and learned Lord’s last point, we absolutely need the Act by the time the Scottish Parliament breaks for the election. The second point I wanted to make is on ensuring that the fiscal framework receives detailed scrutiny. There has been widespread support around the House for that concept. I reassure noble Lords that both Governments aim to complete the framework as soon...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: On my noble friend’s first point, it has been evident from the debate today that the framework is of critical importance. It raises very complex issues that need to be worked through to get it right. That is exactly what we are doing. I repeat what I said: the Government’s firm intention is for the fiscal framework to be available to the Scottish Parliament and both Houses of this...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: That all depends on what is agreed in the fiscal framework. For example, if you look at the last Scotland Bill, there were issues to do with borrowing that needed to be put in primary legislation. The outcome of the fiscal framework will determine what legislation we need to underpin that. The third point I wanted to make was on the legitimacy of the process. Given the degree of cross-party...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I am afraid that I am going to give to the noble Lord the same response that I gave earlier. We are working very hard to get a success and an agreement on this fiscal framework. I think that the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, was one of those who suggested that the Scottish Government do not want a fiscal framework agreed or to take on the new powers in this Bill. I do not accept that—and I have...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thought that the noble Lord, Lord Smith, answered that question very well. He put it in the context of an agreement, every aspect of which they signed up to—but, clearly, the SNP is a party that believes in independence, and therefore the whole context should be seen in that light. The Deputy First Minister has agreed that finalising the fiscal framework is essential to delivering the...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I assure the noble Lord that these are ministerial meetings of the Joint Exchequer Committee. In between those meetings, very intensive work is going on to agree the fiscal framework. If, unlike me, you believe—


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