All 20 results for speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel OR speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (14 Dec 2021)

Consumer Scotland Act 2020 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2022 – Lord Offord of Garvel. Orders and regulations

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (14 Dec 2021)

Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 and Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2022 – Lord Offord of Garvel. Orders and regulations

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (10 Mar 2022)

Draft Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Disability Assistance and Information-Sharing) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2022 – Lord Offord of Garvel. Orders and regulations

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Coronavirus: Scotland (31 Jan 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The UK Government’s furlough and self-employed support schemes supported more than 900,000 Scottish jobs at their peak and more than 100,000 Scottish businesses have benefitted from £4 billion of UK Government Covid loans. Going forward, the Government is directly investing £191 million in Scotland through the Community Renewal Fund, Community Ownership fund and Levelling Up Fund. The UK...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, Her Majesty’s Government are clearly of the view that now is not the time to talk about another independence referendum in Scotland. People across Scotland want to see both our Governments working together on the issues that matter to them: tackling the cost of living, protecting our long-term energy security, leading the international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The noble Lord referenced the £20 million that the Scottish Government have ring-fenced and the 20 civil servants put together for this referendum. The minute the First Minister announced that she wanted to publish a prospectus for independence, the Secretary of State for Scotland said: “right-minded Scots would agree that using civil service resources to design a prospectus for...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend and agree with her that the next leader has a great responsibility to protect the union. I note that they will be the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. So far, we have had 55, of whom 11 were Scots, so that is a healthy 20% representation, which is one of the reasons why this union has been so successful: Scottish voices have been heard. We must ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: This is obviously now on its way to the Supreme Court. The UK Government are very clear that this is outside of competence—this is a reserved, not a devolved, matter. This now goes to the Supreme Court, which will adjudicate on it in the autumn. However, in the meantime, they press ahead: we have another glossy document called Renewing Democracy through Independence, which a professor at...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord and take his point that this is as much about tone as it is about content. My observation is that the Scots have been happiest in this union when we demonstrably punch above our weight: we have 8% of the population and 33% of the geography of the UK, but as Scots we have a duty to ensure that whatever we do is more than 8% and heading towards 33%. In recent times, the...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Yes, I do, and I agree with the noble Earl. This might be recognised in the 2021 election for Holyrood: the First Minister was trying to persuade Scots to vote for her on her Covid record, but the minute she got into power, her campaign went back to being a mandate for a referendum. I agree that we have a lot of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth the whole time, but we must look at what...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I think we should always turn the argument back on them. They claim that they want to make Scotland wealthier, happier and fairer, but they have not given us any arguments as to how they can do that. We believe that we can do that much better within the union and with a positive narrative for Scotland inside the union: we have a strong currency and 300 years of family binds that bring us...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: In the last Holyrood election, the SNP failed to get a majority. If we add in the 28,000 Green votes, it got to 50% of the popular vote, but it was still only 1.4 million out of 4.3 million voters. It is stuck at that 1.3 million to 1.4 million. You can decide what a mandate is, but it seems to me that common sense would say that it would need to get to 2 million, because the unionists took 2...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, the UK Government note and respect the unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court that the Scottish Government do not have legislative competence to hold a referendum. The people of Scotland want both our Governments to concentrate all our attention and resources on the issues that matter most to them. That is why we in the UK Government are focused on restoring economic stability,...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The noble Lord will be aware that under the devolution settlement the UK Government do not prescribe to the Scottish Government how to spend the money sent north of the border. That allows the Scottish Government to make grown-up decisions on their own behalf and on behalf of the people of Scotland. The judgment of the Supreme Court has given us helpful clarity on the difference, which we all...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My noble friend is an eminent former Secretary of State for Scotland and knows his territory well. He will also be aware of the architecture put in place at the time of the 1998 Act, which has been further improved by the 2012 and 2016 settlements. Within that, the UK Government give the Scottish Government the discretion to spend their money on behalf of the Scottish people, and it is down...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The noble Lord, another eminent Scottish politician, is well aware of the circumstances in which they are operating. There is no need to be talking about another referendum. The Supreme Court has made it very clear that there is no avenue for that within the Scottish Government. More importantly, there is no appetite now. When the referendum was held in 2014, there was consensus across both...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Scottish Government have been dominated by the Scottish National Party for eight elections in a row. They have done that on the basis of 1.3 million to 1.4 million votes, and under that they have a legitimate mandate to govern the UK—sorry, I mean within the Scottish Government. [Laughter] In the other place, we know that UK Governments can effectively govern on a mandate of 35% to 40%...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I assure the noble Lord, Lord Reid, another distinguished former Scottish Secretary, that there the UK Government have no plans to alter the constitutional settlement any further. Scotland is a very well-funded country. It has two Parliaments and a surplus of democracy, as the Supreme Court said yesterday. In the meantime, it receives a record grant of £41 billion from the UK Government. We...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Judgement - Commons Urgent Question (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The SNP does not have a majority in Holyrood and therefore cannot say that it has a majority. As the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, pointed out, the SNP’s own prospectus for government was not based on independence; it was based on, apparently, being able to run Scotland better. On that basis, there is no need, given yesterday’s judgment, for any further tinkering on the subject.


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