Results 21–40 of 91 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 Boyd of Duncansby

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: I thank the noble and learned Lord for his explanation and his offer of a letter, which will help. We have had a long debate on this but some important issues and points of principle have been raised.

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: Could I clarify something which I think I asked? I am not entirely sure that I have got it over. On the provisions on the statement in Section 31, I said that in my time as Lord Advocate the law officer had to give their approval to that. That is a matter of public record and has been said many times before. I do not know whether that has changed in any way and I cannot recall whether it was...

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: I was not quite sure if the Minister was now coming to an end. I wanted to press him on one point. Whatever view he may take of the utility of the measure that he is putting forward, what weight does he put on the view of the Scottish Parliament-whose legislation this is, after all-that it does not want this? Does he think that it is right to press it in the face of that opposition? Or does...

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, this group includes a notice in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Browne about Clause 7 standing part of the Bill. I will start with that and deal with the other amendments in due course. Clause 7 introduces a new mechanism of a limited reference of a Bill to the Supreme Court to determine whether certain provisions of the Bill are within the competence of the Scottish...

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, we recognise the frustrations that have been expressed here, especially that this House and the other place have a self-denying ordinance and convention that we do not discuss devolved areas, but that is not respected in the Scottish Parliament. Nevertheless, there are three particular problems with the amendment. First, it seems to me pretty difficult to put down on paper a line...

Scotland Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: This is the first time that I have spoken at this stage of the debate, so I renew my declaration of interest in the Calman commission. I am somewhat surprised to find that I am standing here at the Dispatch Box, and I hope that the Committee does not find it strange that two lawyers who were both on the Calman commission now find ourselves on opposing sides of the bar but pulling in the same...

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I declare an interest as a Scottish solicitor who is registered as a foreign lawyer in England and Wales. I also have an interest in planning. I thank the noble Earl for bringing forward Amendment 53, which deals with a real anomaly. I also support my noble friend on Amendments 87 and 88. Much of what I would say has already been said, but I shall just add a couple of points. On the...

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (Continued) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, briefly, Clause 218 was put in without any debate in Committee. I simply thank the Government for having looked at the issue, bringing forward Clause 218 and then engaging with the Compulsory Purchase Association to discuss the amendments that are now being moved by the Government. I very much welcome this. Part 8 is an important part of the new Bill. I thank noble Lords for their time.

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (Continued) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, this is the first time that I have spoken on Report, so I repeat my declaration of interest: I am a solicitor in private practice and registered as a foreign lawyer in England and Wales, and some of my practice involves planning. I recollect that in Committee I stood to support amendments in terms very similar to those before the House this evening. I cannot now recollect in whose...

EU Committee: Court of Justice of the European Union — Question for Short Debate (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I begin by declaring an interest as a solicitor-advocate in practice in Scotland, and from time to time my practice involves cases which may end up in the European courts. I am very pleased to have been a member of the sub-committee which undertook this investigation and I want first of all to pay tribute to our chairman in guiding us through what I believe was a very good report...

Scotland Bill: Second Reading (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, it was a privilege to serve along with other Members of this House as a member of the Calman commission, and it is pleasing to see its recommendations in legislation before this House, so it will come as no surprise to learn that I support the Bill. In fact, there were two reports from the Calman commission. The first, in December 2008, looked at the broad principles and, as no one...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My name is also associated with Amendment 166U. At one stage, I had thought that I had put my name to one or two of the other amendments and it indeed appeared in earlier versions of the Marshalled List. However, for some reason my name seems to have been disassociated with those amendments. Nevertheless, I support the thrust of the amendments of the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, and I emphasise...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I shall speak briefly to Amendment 153AM and to express some sympathy with it. I very much welcome the principle of pre-application consultation in a range of applications, particularly for major projects and so on. It has been working in Scotland and there are some benefits to that because there is the ability then to take into account at an early stage the product of that...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I did not intend to intervene in this debate about design, but I have been prompted by the noble Lord, Lord Newton, to do so. I am married to an architect. Before we were married, I took my wife-to-be to meet my parents. My father was a doctor. He started needling her about architecture and design. Eventually, she turned round and said, "That, of course, is the difference between...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: I was not suggesting that we necessarily follow the Prince of Wales, but the very fact that he has provoked that controversy demonstrates, if I may say so, the point that I am making-that what is good design to one person is not good design to another.

Localism Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: This is the first time that I have spoken in this stage of the Bill so I declare an interest as a solicitor in private practice, mostly in Scotland but also to some extent in England. I want to make two quick points. First, the Climate Change Act establishes legally binding objectives and targets for the reduction of carbon emissions by 2050. The development plan is the way in which the built...

Electricity Market Reform — Statement (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I want to ask one question, relating to the position of the devolved Administrations, particularly Scotland. The renewable obligations are executively devolved to Scotland and that has enabled the Scottish Executive-now the Scottish Government-to shape that as they wish. What role does the noble Lord anticipate that the Scottish Government will be able to play in the new feed-in...

Localism Bill: Second Reading (7 Jun 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I declare an interest as a Scottish solicitor but registered to practise in England and Wales. Part of my practice is in planning matters and I am also a legal associate of the Royal Planning Institute. My noble friend Lord Beecham drew our attention to the size of this Bill. In those circumstances it might seem perverse of me, and unwelcome to your Lordships, to address an issue...

Wreck Removal Convention Bill: Second Reading (13 May 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on having brought this Bill to the House and so ably explained it to us. She said that she was a novice; I believe that Dr Coffey is also a novice. It is good to see the Bill being piloted through Parliament by two such excellent novice pilots. To keep on this bad metaphor, I doubt that we are going to have a parliamentary shipwreck. This convention...

Libya — Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, as Lord Advocate I prosecuted the Lockerbie trial. I mention that not to claim any great insight into the present situation in Libya. Nor do I claim that the focus of attention should be on that one horrific incident, although I can at least bear witness to the horror of one aspect of Gaddafi's terrorism. The priority has to be the protecting of the civilian population, while...


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