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Committee of the whole House: 15 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

“(8)    

But the Parliament of the United Kingdom must not pass Acts applying

 

to Scotland that make provision about a devolved matter without the

 

consent of the Scottish Parliament.

 

(9)    

A provision is about a devolved matter if the provision—

 

(a)    

applies to Scotland and does not relate to reserved matters,

 

(b)    

modifies the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament,

 

or

 

(c)    

modifies the functions of any member of the Scottish

 

Government.

 

(10)    

In subsection (8), “Acts” includes any Act, whether a public general Act,

 

a local and personal Act or a private Act.

 

(2)    

After section 28 of the Scotland Act 1998 insert—

 

“28A  

Duty to consult the Scottish Government on Bills applying to Scotland

 

(1)    

A Minister of the Crown shall consult Scottish Ministers before

 

introducing any Bill into the Parliament of the United Kingdom for an

 

Act of that Parliament that would make provision applying to Scotland.

 

(2)    

Where the Bill is for an Act making provision that would require the

 

consent of the Scottish Parliament by virtue of section 28(8), the

 

requirement to consult under subsection (1) includes a requirement that a

 

Minister of the Crown give the Scottish Ministers a copy of the

 

provisions of the Bill that apply to Scotland no later than—

 

(a)    

21 days before the proposed date of introduction, or

 

(b)    

such later date as the Scottish Ministers may agree.

 

(3)    

The requirement in subsection (2) does not apply if—

 

(a)    

the Scottish Ministers so agree, or

 

(b)    

there are exceptional circumstances justifying failure to comply

 

with the requirement.

 

(4)    

The reference in subsection (1) to an Act of Parliament is a reference to

 

any Act whether a public general Act, a local and personal Act or a

 

private Act.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would ensure that the UK Parliament can only legislate in devolved areas with

 

the consent of the Scottish Parliament. It puts the Sewel Convention onto a statutory footing, as

 

agreed by the Smith Commission.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Electoral registration: requirement to produce report

 

(1)    

The Electoral Commission shall prepare and publish guidance setting out, in

 

relation to Scotland, how to further improve the electoral registration process and

 

how to ensure the completeness of the electoral registers.

 

(2)    

Guidance under subsection (1) must in particular include—


 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

workable proposals for prompting people to register to vote or update

 

their registration details when using other public services;

 

(b)    

whether to allow schools, universities and colleges to block-register

 

students;

 

(c)    

whether to pilot election day registration; and

 

(d)    

other proposals to ensure that greater numbers of attainers join the

 

electoral register.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The New Clause would require the Electoral Commission to produce a report into ways of further

 

improving the electoral registration process and of ensuring the completeness of the electoral

 

registers in Scotland.

 


 

CLAUSES 12 TO 17, SCHEDULE 1, CLAUSE 18, NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 2,

 

NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 2

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

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Page  19,  line  18,  leave out Clause 16

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Mr Douglas Carswell

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Independent Commission on Full Fiscal Autonomy

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint a commission of between four and eleven

 

members to conduct an analysis of the impact of full fiscal autonomy on the

 

Scottish economy, labour market and public finances and to report by 31 March

 

2016.

 

(2)    

No Member of the House of Commons or of the Scottish Parliament may be a

 

member of the commission.

 

(3)    

No employee of the Scottish Government or of any government Department or

 

agency anywhere in the United Kingdom may be a member of the commission.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint as members of the commission only persons

 

who appear to the Secretary of State to hold a relevant qualification or to have

 

relevant experience.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State shall not appoint as a member of the commission any

 

person who is a member of a political party.

 

(6)    

Before appointing any member of the commission, the Secretary of State must

 

consult—

 

(a)    

the Chair of any select committee appointed by the House of Commons

 

to consider Scottish affairs, and

 

(b)    

the Chair of any select committee appointed by the House of Commons

 

to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of Her Majesty’s

 

Treasury and its associated public bodies.


 
 

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(7)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations issue the commission with terms of

 

reference and guidelines for the commission’s working methods, including an

 

outline definition of the policy of full fiscal autonomy for the commission to

 

analyse.

 

(8)    

The Secretary of State must lay copies of the report of the commission before

 

both Houses of Parliament, and must transmit a copy of the report of the

 

commission to the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.

 

(9)    

Regulations under this section must be made by statutory instrument, subject to

 

annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This New Clause requires the Secretary of State for Scotland to establish an independent

 

commission of external experts, appointed in consultation with the Treasury Select Committee and

 

Scottish Affairs Select Committee, to publish a report by 31 March 2016 setting out an analysis of

 

the policy of Full Fiscal Autonomy on the Scottish economy, labour market and public finances.

 


 

CLAUSES 19 TO 30, NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 3,

 

NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 3

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

11

 

Clause  19,  page  21,  line  28,  after “employment”, insert—

 

“(d)    

housing benefit.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

48

 

Clause  19,  page  22,  line  45,  leave out sub-paragraph (a).

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

49

 

Clause  20,  page  23,  line  33,  leave out “8” and insert “9”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

50

 

Clause  20,  page  25,  line  34,  leave out “8” and insert “9”

 



 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

12

 

Clause  21,  page  24,  leave out lines 9 and 10

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

13

 

Clause  22,  page  24,  leave out lines 36 and 37

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

14

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  23,  leave out “occasional”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

8

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  28,  leave out “short term”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

15

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

         

“Exception 9

 

    

A benefit not in existence at the relevant date provided entitlement to or the

 

purpose of the benefit is different from entitlement to or the purpose of any

 

benefit that is—

 

(a)    

in existence at the relevant date,

 

(b)    

payable by or on behalf of a Minister of the Crown, and

 

(c)    

otherwise a reserved benefit.

 

    

For the purpose of this exception—

 

“the relevant date” means the date of introduction into Parliament of the Bill

 

that becomes the Scotland Act 2015;

 

“reserved benefit” means a benefit which is to any extent a reserved matter.”

 



 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

5

 

Clause  24,  page  26,  line  23,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

they have consulted the Secretary of State as to when any change made

 

by the regulations is to start to have effect.’

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

7

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  1,  after second “of”, insert “the delivery mechanism for”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

6

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  3,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

they have consulted the Secretary of State as to when any change made

 

by the regulations is to start to have effect.’

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

9

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  36,  after “person”, insert “in conjunction with the local

 

authority”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

10

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  41,  at end insert “and

 

(d)    

temporary jobs paid at least the national minimum wage providing a

 

route back into further work.”

 



 
 

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CLAUSES 31 TO 37, SCHEDULE 2, CLAUSES 38 TO 45, NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART

 

4, NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 4

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

23

 

Clause  31,  page  30,  line  34,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

52

 

Clause  31,  page  30,  line  36,  leave out “Ministers” and insert “Parliament”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

57

 

Clause  31,  page  30,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Treasury and Scottish Ministers must agree a scheme transferring to the

 

control of each of Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council and

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (“the island authorities”) on the transfer date all the

 

existing Scottish functions and rights of the Commissioners relating to those parts

 

of the Scottish zone surrounding each of the island authorities.

 

(1B)    

The exact extent of the parts of the Scottish zone to be transferred under

 

subsection (lA) will be agreed by the Treasury and Scottish Ministers in

 

consultation with the island authorities and in accordance with the principles

 

contained within the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea articles

 

16, 74 and 84.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Amendment would require the relevant functions of the Crown Estate in the Shetland Islands,

 

Orkney and Na h-Eileanan Siar (the “Western Isles”) to be transferred to the councils for those

 

areas. Articles 16, 74 and 84 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea set out principles for

 

defining geographical extent in relation to the territorial sea, exclusive economic zones and the

 

Continental shelf respectively.

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

24

 

Clause  31,  page  32,  line  25,  leave out “C” and insert “A”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

25

 

Clause  31,  page  32,  line  31,  leave out “then, instead of the type C procedure”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

26

 

Clause  31,  page  32,  line  31,  leave out “I” and insert “A”

 



 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

91

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  13,  at end insert “including a requirement for gender

 

balance among the members of boards of Scottish public authorities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Amendment would ensure continued progression towards achieving gender balance on boards

 

of Scottish public authorities.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

53

 

Clause  33,  page  35,  line  18,  leave out sub-sub-paragraph (b)

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

27

 

Clause  33,  page  35,  leave out lines 18 and 19

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

28

 

Clause  33,  page  35,  leave out lines 24 and 25

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

29

 

Clause  33,  page  35,  leave out lines 26 to 30

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

54

 

Clause  33,  page  37,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(7A)    

Scottish Ministers, in conjunction with the Advisory, Conciliation and

 

Arbitration Service (ACAS) shall establish and oversee a process, involving

 

Scottish businesses and trades unions, to end the current employment tribunal fee

 

system in Scotland”

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

30

 

Clause  43,  page  45,  line  7,  at end add—

 

“(aa)    

leave out the subject matter of the Estate Agents Act 1979”

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

31

 

Clause  45,  page  47,  line  7,  leave out “for which the maximum charge for use is

 

more than £10”


 
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