Results 121–140 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: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: What the Smith commission meant is precisely what it said. If my noble friend will allow me to continue, I will expand upon that. To return to the point that was raised about the Edinburgh trams, I understand that they are not obviously policed by the BTP. The Smith commission agreed that the functions of the BTP in Scotland should be a devolved matter and, as the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, has...

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

Lord Dunlop: We anticipate that the BTP will continue to have limited functions in that scenario; I will come on to address that later in my remarks. Amendment 53A was tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Empey, who spoke with great authority from his Northern Ireland experience. Regardless of how the Scottish Government legislate with regard to railway policing, the British Transport Police and the British...

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

Lord Dunlop: As I have just said, this is about devolution to the Scottish Parliament. Following devolution—and this matter will form part of the discussions—it will be for the Scottish Parliament to determine what the charging arrangements will be. However, perhaps I may end on this point. Democratic accountability is absolutely key here. I do not think that the voters of Scotland would be very...

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

Lord Dunlop: I am saying that these clauses provide the framework that allows us to go forward, but the Scottish Government have to decide what operating model they want for the policing of the railways in Scotland. I said that I anticipated that it would take two to three years before these functions were devolved, and that is because all sorts of contracts with third parties are involved here—the...

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

Lord Dunlop: In answer to my noble friend, the function of the BTP is the policing of railways, which is the subject matter of these clauses and what we are devolving in this Bill. That is what the Smith report stated and we are committed to delivering that agreement.

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

Lord Dunlop: I did answer it, to the extent that there is a plethora of detail that lies behind this. However, it requires, as I said, the Scottish Government, in discussion with the UK Government, to specify what their operating model is. Until we have that, we cannot answer in a lot of detail. I come back to the fundamental point that we are devolving something, and it is for the Scottish Government and...

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

Lord Dunlop: I hesitate at this point in the evening to introduce the concept of no detriment, and I look forward to Committee day 3, when I am sure we will cover this in great detail. However, the UK Government absolutely have an interest in ensuring that whatever devolution takes place in this space does not cause detriment to the rest of the United Kingdom.

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

Lord Dunlop: I will certainly reflect on the points that have been raised in this passionate debate. No doubt we will return to this subject.

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, perhaps I may set the scene for Clause 49, which refers to gaming machines in licensed betting premises. The provision will give the Scottish Parliament the power to vary the number of high- stakes gaming machines permitted by betting premises licences in Scotland. This power applies to all gaming machines on which players can stake more than £10 per play, which was referred to by...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord, Lord Stephen, has spoken on a number of amendments which relate to the amendments put forward by the Law Society of Scotland. I echo what the noble Lord said about the role played by Michael Clancy and all his hard work. I can see that he is sitting in the Box this evening, and I met him last week to discuss these amendments. Your Lordships will be aware that the context of...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: It is nice to welcome back to the Dispatch Box the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy. Clause 54, to put it simply, will allow public sector operators to bid for and be awarded rail franchises specified and let by the Scottish Ministers. This will provide greater freedom to decide which organisations are eligible to bid for franchises in Scotland and fulfil the Scottish Government’s aspiration to...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Obviously the noble Baroness has stated the facts. I do not want to add to that because she is a great expert in these matters. I am simply talking about this amendment and what would be possible in the future. To go back to what I was saying, both existing Scottish-related franchises have been in operation since April 2015 and their contracts are for 15 and 10 years respectively. The...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Just to clarify, the clause that we are talking about relates to Scotland-only franchises. As I said earlier, not-for-profit entities are not precluded from being rail franchisees under the Railways Act 1993. To return to what I was saying, both franchises have been in operation since April.

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I think we are talking about devolution to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. Therefore, we are talking about only rail services that are in the province of the Scottish Government, not ones that are let through the Department for Transport’s process.

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am happy to give the noble Lord the assurance that we will get clarification. I am happy to write to him on that. To complete what I was saying, the ScotRail franchise has a break clause after five years, but in practice that means that a new competition for either Scottish rail franchise will not occur until 2020 at the earliest. For those reasons, the Government consider Amendment 64 to...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, is very interested in these energy schemes and very knowledgeable about them, and has spoken on other pieces of legislation in this connection. He raised a number of specific points in the debate. I am, of course, very happy to meet him to discuss those further. Clause 58 creates a formal consultative role for the Scottish Ministers in...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I have said, I am very happy to meet with the noble and learned Lord to discuss this specific point and I undertake to do so. Similarly, Amendment 68A is also unnecessary as the phrase, “a renewable electricity incentive scheme” would include a hydropower incentive scheme. I met and discussed this with the noble Lord, Lord Steel, last week. I put on record the importance of small-scale...

Scotland Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Dunlop: First, I echo what the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, said about the noble Baroness, Lady Quin, who I know to be a doughty champion for the north-east. I support the sentiment behind the amendment; Governments should always consider the impact on the union and, in particular, the economy, when they make decisions. Likewise, before and after making policy, Governments should as a matter of course...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with the leave of the House I will now repeat a Statement made in the other place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. The Statement is as follows. “Mr Speaker, with permission I would like to make a Statement about the new fiscal framework for Scotland, which was agreed yesterday by the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments. I begin by paying...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord McAvoy and Lord Stephen, for their support and their response to the Statement. This deal provides an opportunity to move the debate in Scotland on from process to policy, as the Secretary of State for Scotland said in the House of Commons earlier. The noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, talked about the rules for Report, and that is a matter to be discussed...


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