Results 141–160 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: My Lords, Clause 44 devolves power to the Scottish Parliament for regulation of licences to search and bore for petroleum in the Scottish onshore area. Clause 45 transfers the functions of the Secretary of State to the Scottish Ministers. However, as consideration payable for such licences is to remain reserved to Westminster, Clause 45(8) retains the power of the Secretary of State to make...

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 — 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: 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 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) (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace, the noble Lords, Lord MacKenzie and Lord McFall, and the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, for their contributions. Let me begin by saying that I understand and sympathise with the intention of this amendment and with the island authorities. I also commend the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace, the noble Lord, Lord Stephen, the noble...

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

Lord Dunlop: I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken, and in particular to my noble friend Lord Dundee and the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull. We had a very useful discussion, and we all agreed that it is an important principle that we improve intergovernmental relations. While it is the differences of opinion between Governments that attract the headlines, behind the headlines a lot of very good...

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: On that last point, absolutely I believe that this is a deal that is fair to all parts of the United Kingdom. That is what the Smith agreement was all about—being fair to Scotland and fair to the UK as a whole. That is what this deal delivers. To address directly the first of the two points that the noble Lord raises—and this was a point that came up in the House of Commons—on the cost...

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I assure the noble Lord that we are very confident that the delivery of these powers will go ahead as intended.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend for his words. We are months away from elections to the Holyrood Parliament and, as I said earlier, the deal opens the way to make sure that that debate is on the right terms—about how each of the political parties competing in that election will use those powers, and not the perpetual debate about what those powers are.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I said earlier in answer to another question, there is no additional cost to taxpayers in other parts of the United Kingdom. We have had many debates in this House about the Barnett formula. There are many former Secretaries of State who, when they had the opportunity to get rid of the Barnett formula, did not do so. Indeed, some of those Secretaries of State take great pride in arguing...

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: As I said, today is the final day of the Scottish Budget. That is why we do not have the fully published document today. There are a few minor technical and implementation issues from the agreement that need to be finalised. However, I have given a commitment to the House, and my strong expectation is that that agreement will be published tomorrow.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I can only repeat what I said earlier: there is no additional cost to the taxpayers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I absolutely understand what the noble Lord is saying. That is why we have sought a deal that is fair to Scotland and to the rest of the UK.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Once the review is complete, it will be for the two Governments to reach an agreement. However, I need to say to my noble friend that this is a very significant act of devolution. In future, more than 50% of the Scottish budget will be financed from taxes that are raised in Scotland, and that is a major development.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Obviously discussions are going on between the UK Government and the Welsh Government about the fiscal arrangements for Wales. I am sure, as this deal has been successfully concluded, that they will be successfully concluded as well.

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I think I have covered the rules of Report in an earlier answer. As I say, with the funding arrangements we have sought to strike a balance that enables these powers to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament while respecting the “taxpayer fairness” principle that applies across the rest of the UK.


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