Results 121–140 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 - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: For example, we have worked to build a strong relationship with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to ensure that universal credit is implemented and delivered in a way that best reflects the views of Scottish local authorities. Citizens Advice Scotland is another organisation that we have engaged with. This has been a genuinely joint approach to improve delivery in Scotland and is...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: We have agreed that welfare will be funded through the Barnett formula and that tax deductions will be calculated through the comparable model. However, during the transition period, we will reconcile both to index per capita.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: It means that if you look across the total Scottish budget, it would deliver the outcome that we discussed earlier. It is up to the Scottish Government to decide how to use the resources within that: it is not ring-fenced within that total figure.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord McAvoy and Lord Kirkwood, for their amendments. I turn to Amendments 56F and 57B, moved and spoken to, respectively, by the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy. We had a good debate in Committee on similar amendments and I hope I was able to provide much detail on the joint working and scrutiny that will govern the transition and implementation of the new welfare...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, again a number of points have been raised and I shall try to address each in turn. If I do not address them now I will be happy to write to noble Lords. The noble Lord, Lord Kerr, said that his amendment sought to include annual limits on the borrowing and debt that can be undertaken by the Scottish Government. As he acknowledged, the Governments have now agreed the fiscal framework...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendments 56K, 56L, 71AB and 71AC which are tabled in my name. Amendments 71B and 71C have been replaced by Amendments 71AB and 71AC. Amendments 56K and 71AB set out clearly, consistent with the existing legal framework, new borrowing powers for the Scottish Government. In line with the Smith agreement, the fiscal framework sets out agreement to change the...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I think that we are debating the fiscal framework at this moment. As to whether there will be debates on the annual reports, it will up to each House to decide what debates it wants to have on them and what scrutiny it wants to give. Given the interest in the subject, I anticipate that there will be detailed scrutiny.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: That is a matter for the House of Commons; it is not a matter for the House of Lords. The House of Commons has decided to pass the Bill through its stages, in full knowledge of what the state of play was on the fiscal framework.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: That really is a matter for the House of Commons, and not for this House of Lords. That House has to decide how it wants to deal with these matters and has done so.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I will give way one more time but throughout the passage of the Bill, I think that I have taken every intervention and I really need to make progress.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: For the reasons that I have explained, the Scottish Parliament is giving its legislative consent to the Bill and this House is being asked to approve the provisions of the Bill, so we are absolutely on the same footing. Turning to the review of the fiscal framework, this is an agreement between Governments and it will be operated by Governments. Ultimately, therefore, the formal review should...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am coming to that point. The idea that it would be easy or straightforward to replace the Barnett formula with a needs-based one—or seek to do so—does not stand up to scrutiny. I have read, with great interest, the report of the House of Lords committee on the Barnett formula, published in 2009. John Swinney, now Deputy First Minister of Scotland, gave evidence to that committee’s...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am very happy to make that commitment. The Government intend to make an annual report to Parliament that will cover how the powers under the Smith agreement are being implemented in practice. That is fundamental to our approach. Regarding the review, I can confirm what has already been confirmed: there is no default position for it. All the evidence that will be built up over the...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am not sure I will be able to satisfy the noble and learned Lord on that point because I have learned not to deal in hypotheticals or to speculate about what might happen in five years’ time. As I say, I think the conditions that pertain then will be favourable to reaching an agreement and I am confident that we will reach an agreement at that time. On the amendments relating to the...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My noble friend is of course quite right that the fiscal framework should receive detailed scrutiny from this Parliament. I know that this House will play a full part and I anticipate that the House of Commons will do the same. What the House is being asked to do today is to scrutinise and approve one of the most significant aspects of the framework: the capital and resource borrowing powers....

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I think I am right in saying that it does require this Parliament to establish the Scottish Fiscal Commission as a statutory body but I am happy to clarify that in more detail, perhaps in succeeding debates that will deal with this issue. That is certainly my understanding.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am not sure that is what I am maintaining. The fiscal framework is available to this House and to Parliament and we are having a debate about it now.

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, perhaps I can deal with the point that in some way the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament are being treated differently. As the House knows, if the Bill is to reach the statute book before the Holyrood elections, the Scottish Parliament needs time to consider and pass a legislative consent Motion. But to be clear, this is not consent for the fiscal framework itself but...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, it is fair to say that this has been a very wide-ranging debate and I thank all those who have taken part. I recall that on Second Reading my noble friend Lord Forsyth said that he looked forward to giving me a Glasgow handshake. As the House knows, he always makes good on his promises. Before I address the substance of the amendments, I will try to address as many of the points...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace, spoke to a number of these provisions when we considered this matter in Committee. He made some observations about the clauses and I have met him to discuss his thoughts on these areas, as he said. I am also grateful to him for withdrawing the amendments he tabled regarding heat. Again, we spoke about that issue and I was glad I was able to...


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