Canlyniadau 441–460 o 507 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Hong Kong: Elections ( 8 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: During his visit, Lord Johnson raised the deterioration of civil and political rights in Hong Kong, along with trade and investment matters. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is responsible for monitoring compliance with the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, including its application to democratic elections for district councils in Hong Kong. The detail of these issues does...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, as the Prime Minister has made clear, we will continue to work constructively with the Scottish Government in tackling all the shared challenges that we face. However, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, I am concerned at the decision to appoint a Minister for Independence. The Secretary of State for Scotland’s view is that taxpayers’ money could be spent more wisely on...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for his tenacity on this subject, because I have now been in post for 18 months and this is the sixth Question I have answered for the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, on pretty much the same theme. It is a good theme: what do the UK Government do when they believe that the Scottish Government stray from devolved into reserved matters? We made some progress the last time we...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for that question. In the Scotland Act, the devolution settlement is actually very simple. You can put it on one piece of A4; on the left you have devolved matters, and on the right reserved matters. The issue here is that since we have come out of the EU, in effect we have had to create a single market for the UK. The SNP loves the EU; it wants to be in a single...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for his helpful contribution there. The reality is that Scotland is the best-funded part of the United Kingdom; for every £100 spent in England, £125 is spent in Scotland. That is not a subsidy; it is an equalisation payment, because the whole idea of the UK is that you get the same services whether you live in Streatham or Stornoway. It costs a lot more to deliver...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Scottish Government will argue that every area of legislation they are putting forward is within the devolution settlement. We sometimes disagree with that, and where we disagree with it vehemently, as we did on GRR, we invoke Section 35. That was the first time in 237 Bills that received Royal Assent and was not done lightly; that was done in a case where they strayed across the line and...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Again, this is an issue of there being no SNP representative in this House. It is a bit like playing “Hamlet” without the prince; there is nobody here to put the Scottish Government’s case. They would say that under the devolution settlement they are allowed to promote Scotland overseas, in particular in relation to trade, and that they have eight embassies that they are using to...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The response to that question given by the head of the Civil Service in Scotland, JP Marks, was that he is entirely impartial and is there to do the bidding of the party in power, elected at the ballot box. It is in the manifesto of the SNP that it wants to break up the United Kingdom and hold an independence referendum, even though only a third of Scots want that. It has been in power for 15...

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The chief executive of Circularity Scotland said that the Scotland DRS could work very well without glass. We recommend that we all work together to put in a unitary scheme, reminding ourselves that we still have one United Kingdom.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Export Controls: Northern Ireland ( 1 Meh 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Export Control Act 2002 provides the legal basis for our export control legislation on military and certain dual-use goods. Military list items and certain dual-use items specified within the European Union (EU) Dual-use Regulation (“the Dual-use Regulation”), require an export licence for export from Northern Ireland to Ireland. Export licence applications for these items would be...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: First, I offer my congratulations to Humza Yousaf on his appointment as First Minister of Scotland, having won the SNP leadership contest on a very close 52%-48% result with Kate Forbes. On the Question, I know that the Secretary of State for Scotland and Prime Minister will be pleased to meet the First Minister in due course. Indeed, the UK Government remain committed to working...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that very succinct agenda item, and that is exactly what is going to be addressed. The people of Scotland have two Governments, the UK Government and the Scottish Government, and there is very clear demarcation between the two as to how to make lives better. We have some very good examples of where we work very well together—in delivering freeports, city deals and...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for bringing attention to one of the key reserved areas that makes the United Kingdom strong—that is, defence. That is another situation where we are stronger together; that covers 68 million citizens. I was born on the Clyde and know it very well, and grew up opposite Faslane, which is a beacon of excellence in this country and of security around the world. It is...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: It is an interesting quirk of history brought up by the noble Lord, but it demonstrates the diversity of this country and the great strength that we have. We must again congratulate Humza Yousaf on being the first Muslim First Minister of Scotland.

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The noble Lord is right to call on the Scottish Government to focus on the people’s priorities. That came across very strongly in the SNP election, where it turned out that, as far as audiences are concerned, independence is way down their list of priorities. In fact, Kate Forbes, who had 48% of the vote, made it clear that continuity would not cut it. She acknowledged that the UK position...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for raising this topic, which is talked about a lot north of the border. It is a running saga that needs to be concluded. My understanding is that investigations are under way and that the process will continue as soon as possible.

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord, but I violently disagree with that—or maybe not violently, but I certainly disagree with it. Devolution gives Scotland the most amount of government anywhere in the world. It is a unique system of governance that allows it to have the benefit of two Governments: the UK Government for reserved matters and the Scottish Government for devolved matters. It is very...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for that. Some 60% of Scotland’s trade is with the rest of the United Kingdom, 20% is with the EU and 20% is international. We talk to businesses regularly, which say that they do not recognise borders. The last thing that they want is a hard border on this island. Scottish businesses want access to that market, and we would encourage the Scottish Government to...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: That is exactly the point that Kate Forbes was putting across. To take the nationalist movement so far, Alex Salmond moved it from 30% to 45%, and he was entitled to say that his successor, Nicola Sturgeon, might have moved it from 45% to 60% but singularly failed in eight years. The point that Kate Forbes was making is that if it takes longer then so be it, but if you make the case for a...

Scotland: Meeting with New First Minister - Question (29 Maw 2023)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for that. The issue we have is that those are both Scottish Bills. The great thing about devolution is that the Scottish Government are empowered to make their own Bills and send them for assent here. It is not for the UK Government to interfere in Scottish Government decision-making, so if their Bills do not meet competency or cannot achieve Royal Assent, it is up...


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