Results 181–200 of 400 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: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: We are absolutely committed to getting the Bill through in this Session, and I think that we need to operate to a timetable that will achieve that outcome.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am very happy to write to the noble Baroness on that point.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, and the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, for the amendments that they have tabled. I hope that the Committee will indulge me if, given this late hour, I am relatively brief in responding to them. As has already been explained, Amendment 80 would require the Secretary of State to lay a statement before Parliament stating that the Scottish Government and...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am happy to take the noble Lord’s point away and reflect on it, and I shall either write to him or discuss it.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I absolutely stand by what I said earlier. There may be some aspects of borrowing that could be done through secondary legislation, and that will be made clear when we agree and publish the fiscal framework.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I will certainly give further thought to what the noble and learned Lord has said and come back to him on it.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Yes, I can confirm that.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: This obviously has to be discussed through the usual channels but my understanding is that we will consider the Bill on Report in the same order that we have considered it in Committee.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: First, I thank noble and learned Lords for their contribution to the debate about Clause 68. These provisions have been well scrutinised by the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee and I am grateful for the Committee’s examination and subsequent report. Of course, Bills of this nature do require necessary powers to ensure that the powers that are transferring to the Scottish...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, for his amendment. With this Bill we are moving into a new world of two parallel systems, and it is absolutely the responsibility of both the UK Government and the Scottish Government to ensure that there is a seamless transition from the current situation to that new world and that there are no cracks for people to fall between. We have an important duty...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord raises a good point. One thing that I will take away from this debate is to see how we can promote a better understanding of how this group works and the issues that are being discussed. If I can give him this reassurance, I will certainly take that away. Along with the ministerial group, there is also a senior officials’ group, which covers very much the same agenda of...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The first thing to say is that we do not anticipate problems. That is why I go back to this being a backstop power. The powers to vary are discrete. We shall come on to talk about the amendments regarding a welfare commission, but already close intergovernmental working has been established both at ministerial and official level and a lot of work is going on through visits and teach-ins and...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Davidson, for raising the amendments in his name and that of the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, for setting out the areas where he hopes for clarification. I will try to address the points that have been raised. Turning first to the definition of disability, the purpose of Clause 20 is to devolve the policy space...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I said, what we require in terms of legislation for borrowing depends on the final agreement. I do not think I can say more than that at the moment. I shall conclude on a couple of points. Smith calls for a review and the Government support that idea. We are in a new world and it is right to assess how the fiscal framework and fiscal devolution work in practice and whether they impact...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I think we are reflecting at the outset that Scotland produces a lower proportion of total UK income tax. We are applying that comparability factor from the outset. The Scottish Government will still bear population risk. If there is deviation from that initial situation—whether it is a result of their policy choices—that is how they would bear the population risk.

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I said, the agreement will set out the mechanism by which these matters are determined, so in that sense we will have reached agreement. That will avoid the perpetual wrangling. If you like, that is one of the complexities that we have been wrestling with and why it is taking time—

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: A good start is if we actually get an agreement that, I hope, we can announce in the not too distant future. Can I press the Minister on this? We have three models in front of us—the per capita index deduction, the index deduction and the levels deduction. Do I take it that the Minister has ruled out the per capita index deduction because there is too much of a bias to Scotland in terms of...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The Committee will understand that at a very delicate time in the negotiations I do not want to comment on the state of the negotiations in detail. It is clear from the Chief Secretary’s letter that we have indeed tabled what the noble Lord described as a hybrid model. I shall pick up on a point made by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. We are seeking to avoid—I think the Secretary of State...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: If there is faster population growth in the rest of the UK, that obviously will not just increase tax revenues. It will also increase demand for public services. This negotiation is all about a fair allocation of risk. As I said, at this delicate time of the negotiations I do not want to comment in detail about particular aspects. We will publish this agreement if and when we can get it and I...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I said, it depends on the timing of an agreement. Obviously it would be preferable, if possible, to provide amendments for this Bill, but that depends on our reaching an agreement and the timing of that agreement.


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