Results 161–180 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’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The review will look at how the funding arrangement is operating against the Smith agreement. I remind the House, because this is often forgotten, that the Smith agreement says that it should, “aim to bring about a durable but responsive democratic constitutional settlement, which maintains Scotland’s place in the UK and enhances mutual cooperation and partnership working”, and should,...

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

Lord Dunlop: During this transitional period, the protection that is put in place ensures that what was the case with regard to the numbers in the comprehensive spending review will be delivered over this period.

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

Lord Dunlop: I very much agree with my noble friend. The whole purpose behind this is that the Scottish Government should be held fiscally accountable for the decisions they take so that they should be able to reap the rewards of the good decisions they take and bear the risks and costs of their bad decisions.

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

Lord Dunlop: As the Statement made clear, if the Scottish economy grows more slowly than the UK economy as a whole, that risk will be borne by the Scottish Government.

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

Lord Dunlop: The figure I mentioned is a one-off implementation cost to transfer the powers over and the systems that go with them. It is not an ongoing cost.

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

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend but I cannot commit to what he asks. We have already moved a Motion to consider on Report the Bill in the same order in which we considered it in Committee, which was precisely to allow time for this agreement to be reached and published, and to allow your Lordships’ House to scrutinise it.

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

Lord Dunlop: No. It has always been the case—right from the start of these discussions—that a block grant would continue. However, we are providing for more of the budget to be financed from the tax revenues raised in Scotland.

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

Lord Dunlop: As I said earlier, this is an open review and it does not establish a default position. It will be for the Governments to set the terms of reference and the remit, and those will be decided in due course.

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord McAvoy and Lord Stephen, for their support and their response to the Statement. This deal provides an opportunity to move the debate in Scotland on from process to policy, as the Secretary of State for Scotland said in the House of Commons earlier. The noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, talked about the rules for Report, and that is a matter to be discussed...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with the leave of the House I will now repeat a Statement made in the other place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. The Statement is as follows. “Mr Speaker, with permission I would like to make a Statement about the new fiscal framework for Scotland, which was agreed yesterday by the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments. I begin by paying...

Scotland Bill - Order of Consideration Motion (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend, and will make three points in response. First, the purpose of the Motion that I have just moved is to ensure that we take Report in the same order that we took Committee. Secondly, to address the central point that he makes, we have done that precisely to meet the intent of what he is seeking: to give more time to reach agreement on the fiscal framework and to ensure...

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, significant progress has been made, not least over the course of the last week, in the discussions with the Scottish Government. As I told the House yesterday, although nothing is certain, a deal is within reach. Discussions between the two Governments are continuing this afternoon and are at an advanced stage. The UK Government remain focused and committed to delivering a fiscal...

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend for his kind words. I am aware that Scotland’s First Minister is making a Statement in the Scottish Parliament as we speak. The Government will obviously take very careful note of what she says and we will continue to engage constructively until a deal is done. That is what people in Scotland and all parts of the United Kingdom expect us to do. I very much agree with...

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: On the noble Lord’s first point, in any negotiation there is always a balance to be struck between keeping the public informed and providing the private space to get the deal done. Our priority has been to do all we can to reach an agreement, rather than to adopt public positions that in some way make it more difficult to reach agreement. With regard to independent scrutiny, I very much...

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Obviously, this is a negotiation between two parties, and I cannot give a guarantee on an outcome to a specific timetable. What I can say is that both Governments understand the pressing parliamentary timetables, both here and in Holyrood, and our desire and commitment to see full scrutiny of this fiscal framework.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, as I said at the outset, we are very conscious that this deal must be fair not only to Scotland but to the other parts of the UK. We will certainly not, because of the pressure of parliamentary time, do a deal at any cost.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord will be aware of the commitments that were made by all of the UK parties at the time of the last election with regard to the Barnett formula, and I do not have anything to add to that.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I say to the noble Lord that we in the UK Government are determined to go the extra mile to ensure that we get a deal.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: Our priority is to get a deal done so that we have a fiscal framework that this House can scrutinise. That is our first priority.

Scotland Bill: Fiscal Framework - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I understand that that is a matter of public record, so I will certainly not disagree.


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