Results 101–120 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 Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The Deputy First Minister has made it clear that, for the Scottish Parliament to give its legislative consent to the Bill, it would have to be satisfied that there was an agreed fiscal framework in place. I return to the argument that I was making. If, unlike me, you believe that the Scottish Government are not serious about reaching agreement, that is not a good reason to delay the...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: As has been clear from everything I have been saying, we want to get a fiscal framework agreed so that this House and the House of Commons can look at that agreement. This is what we are working to achieve. The Smith commission secured the cross-party agreement of all five of Scotland’s political parties. The parties subsequently included manifesto commitments to deliver it and supported...

Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill be now read a second time. This Bill is a fundamental part of the agreement reached last week after 10 weeks of intensive talks involving the Northern Ireland parties, the Secretary of State and the Irish Government. The talks resulted in an agreement called A Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan. As part of this agreement, the...

Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I begin by thanking speakers from all sides of the House for their helpful, constructive and supportive contributions to this debate and the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, for his generous words. I echo what several noble Lords have said about Peter Robinson. It is always useful to hear views from across the spectrum and I shall try, in my closing remarks, to address as many of the points...

Scotland Bill — Order of Consideration Motion (1 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I know that this is a matter of great importance to my noble friend and the whole House. We debated the fiscal framework very fully at Second Reading, and there is nothing further that I can add. However, I can confirm that the relevant parts of the Bill will not be taken in Committee until after the new year, and that gives us space to make progress with the fiscal framework negotiations....

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the Prime Minister and the First Minister met on Monday 14 December to discuss a framework which is fair both to the taxpayers of Scotland and the rest of the UK. The Joint Exchequer Committee will meet again shortly to continue discussions, with the aim of reaching final agreement in the new year. Once agreed, a framework would be signed by both Governments.

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The Government want an agreement as soon as we can achieve it. I cannot offer any guarantees as to the end date, because there are two parties to these negotiations. However, I was very encouraged by what the First Minister said on Monday after the meeting with the Prime Minister. She and the Scottish Government want to reach an agreement, she is optimistic that a deal can be done and is very...

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I know that my noble friend is suspicious of the Scottish Government’s motives. We are entering and taking part in these negotiations in good faith. The discussions we have had so far have been constructive, and we are confident that a deal can be reached.

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: As I have said, we want to reach an agreement as soon as we can. I cannot give guarantees as to the end point—we have debated these matters fully at Second Reading—but I can assure the House that once an agreement has been reached, there will be an opportunity for it and the other place to give full scrutiny to that agreement.

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: This is a very important agreement and all sides are agreed that this is a critical part of the overall settlement. It is important to get this agreement right. We want an agreement that is fair to Scotland and to the UK as a whole, and which is built to last. The important thing is to get the agreement right.

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: We have re-ordered the Bill so that the parts most relevant to the fiscal framework will be dealt with at the end of Committee. As I said at Second Reading, that gives us the time and space to reach agreement, so that this House can give the agreement full scrutiny.

Scotland: Fiscal Framework — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Dunlop: Clearly, the reduction in the price of oil shows how wise the Scottish people were in their vote last September, and it underlines the key importance of pooling and sharing risks and resources across the United Kingdom. We really are stronger together.

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank all those who have contributed to this debate: the noble and learned Lords, Lord Davidson, Lord Wallace, Lord McCluskey, Lord Hope and Lord Mackay; the noble Earls, Lord Kinnoull and Lord Dundee; and the noble Lord, Lord Sanderson, and the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell. We have had some very good contributions and I am very sympathetic to the intent of many of the points that...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I note what the noble and learned Lord says, and I will reflect on his point; I am sure that we will continue to discuss it. The clause enables the Scottish Parliament to make its own legislation about the management of the Crown Estate in Scotland after the transfer—and beforehand, should it wish to have arrangements in place in readiness for transfer. The Scottish Government have already...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: We feel that in the clause, in giving the Scottish Parliament the legislative competence but then facilitating the executive competence of the Scottish Government, we have got the balance right. As I was saying, the clause transfers management functions relating to the Crown Estate to the Scottish Ministers, which means that the Scottish Parliament has the ability to legislate in relation to...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I echo what the noble and learned Lord opposite and the noble Lord, Lord Stephen, said. The Government are committed to safeguarding equality, tackling discrimination where it arises and promoting transparency; for example, in pay. That is not to say that supplementary initiatives and protections in addition to those offered by the Equality Act do not have a part to play, as the...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, first, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, for his ingenuity in taking the debate in a different direction from the one I was expecting and on which I have been briefed. In social media Twitter-speak, road signs are trending in the House of Lords. Returning, with the House’s indulgence, to the new clause proposed in Amendment 53, introduced by the noble and learned...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank your Lordships for what has been a set of powerful and knowledgeable contributions to this debate. Many of the points raised by noble Lords have great force. To address directly and upfront what the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, asked, I can say that we meet regularly with Scottish Ministers—later this week the Secretary of State is meeting Deputy First Minister John Swinney—and these...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: That is a very good question to which I do not know the answer, but I will be very happy to clarify that point for the noble and learned Lord. Noble Lords have raised a range of important issues, and I will try to cover as many of these as I can in my response.

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: If my noble friend will let me continue, I hope to set out what our approach is here and address some of the points that were raised by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace.


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