Results 161–180 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 — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank noble Lords who have spoken—the noble Lords, Lord Stephen and Lord McFall. These provisions and amendments were also debated in Committee. The Government are committed to safeguarding equality, tackling discrimination where it arises and promoting transparency. However, that is, of course, not to say that initiatives and protections in addition to those offered by the Equality Act...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The Government consult the Equality and Human Rights Commission on an ongoing basis and I am happy to write to the noble Lord to address the specific point about what consultation there has been on this. Scottish Ministers may specify Scottish public authorities which are to be subject to the PSED; for example, under their devolved powers in relation to the PSED they can require gender pay...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I am pleased to move Amendment 35 and to speak to Amendments 36 to 40. In Committee in the other place, the Labour Party brought forward an amendment on responsible parking which was also raised in Committee in this House. At that stage, I committed to updating the House at Report. I am therefore pleased to bring forward Amendments 36 and 37 to the Bill to address this long-...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am very happy to respond in writing to my noble friend. I thank the noble Lord, Lord McFall, for his contribution. Before I respond to his remarks, when I spoke previously, I inadvertently omitted to speak to some technical amendments. With the leave of the House, I shall do so briefly now. The amendment to Clause 38 removes the words, “vehicles used in connection with any reserved...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I particularly thank the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner. He always speaks on railway matters with such authority. I thank noble Lords for the other informed and authoritative contributions we have heard during this debate. I think one thing is clear: all sides of the House are agreed that the British Transport Police does an excellent job of policing our railways. That is not in doubt. However,...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I can assure my noble friend that I will not turn myself into Mystic Meg tonight and make a prediction about the Scottish elections. I am making a broader point because I think the real point is that embracing devolution means trusting the Scottish Parliament to act responsibly with the powers it is given, and respecting the ability of people in Scotland to hold its representatives to...

Scotland Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I will repeat what I said: it is entirely possible to put in place the necessary arrangements to ensure that the service remains as effective as it is today.

Scotland Bill — Third Reading (21 Mar 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendments 11 to 16 and 19 to 21. As I indicated on Report, a number of technical amendments are necessary to the roads provisions. Amendments 10, 11, 13, 16 and 20 are technical amendments and complement the amendment that the Government brought forward on Report on the issue of responsible parking. That amendment, which commanded cross-party support on...

Scotland Bill — Third Reading (21 Mar 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, for his comments and support. This was an issue that the party opposite raised in Committee and the Government are pleased to have been able to address what has been a long-standing lack of clarity in the law. With regard to the noble Lord, Lord Steel, yes of course I can assure him that discussions will continue between the Department for Transport and...

Scotland Bill — Third Reading (21 Mar 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, as the noble and learned Lord, Lord McCluskey, said, the Barnett formula has been the subject of significant debate during the passage of the Bill and has been raised in various statements and at other opportunities. I do not propose to go over well-worn ground, but I recognise the strong views that the formula evokes, particularly in this House. As has been said at other stages in...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Second Reading (12 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill delivers key aspects of the December 2014 Stormont House agreement and the November 2015 fresh start agreement. I see our job here this evening as helping to ensure that these agreements are implemented and that another step is taken towards a more peaceful, prosperous and stable Northern Ireland where the...

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the Scotland Act devolves responsibility to the Scottish Parliament for the policing of railways in Scotland, and we are working with the Scottish Government to understand their plans. Maintaining high levels of service across the UK is at the forefront of our planning for an efficient and effective transfer of functions. There is absolutely no reason to think that devolution will...

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the noble Lord is absolutely correct that the Scottish Conservative manifesto supports the devolution of BTP functions in Scotland, as do all the parties that signed up to the Smith agreement. The principle of devolution is that the Scottish Government should be held accountable by the people who elect them, and I assure the noble Lord that the Scottish Conservatives and their...

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord is absolutely correct. A joint programme board has been established and it includes representatives from the two Governments, the British Transport Police Authority and the Scottish Police Authority. As I said on Report, I am very happy to share with the House the terms of reference of that joint programme board and to do so soon after the Scottish elections have concluded on...

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I do not think we can be specific on the costs until we know what the structure will be. However, as I said, in the detailed discussions on the implementation plans the UK Government will work very closely with the Scottish Government to ensure that, whatever arrangements are put in place, they do not cause detriment to the other parts of the UK.

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: There are already collaborative arrangements in place between the BTP and Police Scotland. I think that as we put in place the new arrangements we will be looking to ensure that we build on those collaborative arrangements to ensure that there is a seamless operation of what is a very important service for the whole of the UK.

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As regards this issue, I go back to what my noble friend Lord Empey said. I am not sure whether he is in his place today, but he has great experience of these matters in Northern Ireland. He was absolutely confident that we could put in place effective working arrangements. However, he did caveat that by saying that it would take time to achieve that. It is certainly our view and expectation...

Smith Commission Principles: Railway Policing - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I absolutely take the point that the noble Lord makes.

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The joint ministerial working group on welfare and the Joint Exchequer Committee will oversee the implementation of welfare and tax powers, and a cross-Whitehall programme board has been established to oversee implementation of the Scotland Act. Senior officials from the Scottish and UK Governments meet regularly to identify and resolve issues and, building on the successful implementation of...

Scotland Act 2016 - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Dunlop: In all issues the two Governments will seek to work constructively. There was a specific review to see how passengers who travelled to Scotland could get the benefits of HS2—that is an example of how the two Governments have been working together.


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