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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 22 October 2015

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 32 and 33

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Scotland Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in the

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 


 

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

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, the House of Lords, or 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.


 
 

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(4)    

The Secretary of State shall, in consultation and with the agreement of Scottish

 

Ministers, 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.

 

(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

 

The new Clause provides for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the

 

impact of FFA.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“New benefits

 

In Section F1 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998, in the Exceptions,

 

after exception 8 (see section 23 above) 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;


 
 

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

 

matter.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The new Clause expands and clarifies the right of the Scottish Government to create new benefits—

 

that is, benefits not in existence on the date on which the bill is passed.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution

 

(1)    

There is to be a Committee (to be known as the Joint Committee on Welfare

 

Devolution) to examine the transfer, implementation and operation of the powers

 

devolved to the Scottish Parliament by Part 3 of this Act.

 

(2)    

The Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution is to be responsible for ensuring full

 

co-operation, consultation and information-sharing between the UK

 

Government, the Scottish Government, and relevant stakeholders.

 

(3)    

The Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution is to publish a report—

 

(a)    

on the transfer and implementation of the powers devolved to the Scottish

 

Parliament by Part 3 of this Act at least once every three months for the

 

first three years from the date when this Act is passed, and

 

(b)    

on the operation of the powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament by

 

Part 3 of this Act at least once in each calendar year after three years from

 

the date when this Act is passed.

 

(4)    

Schedule (The Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution), which makes further

 

provision in relation to the Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution, has effect.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new Clause, linked to New Schedule NS1 on the Joint Committee on Welfare Devolution,

 

provides for a cross-Parliament committee to oversee the transition and implementation of welfare

 

powers transferred under this Act. The Committee would include members from both Parliaments

 

and would be required to report frequently in the transition phase and thereafter annually.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of operation of Gift Aid in Scotland

 

The Treasury must lay before the House of Commons a review of the operation

 

of Gift Aid in Scotland within a year of Part 2 of this Act coming into force.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This self-explanatory New Clause would require a review of the operation of Gift Aid in Scotland.

 



 
 

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Ian Murray

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Childcare element of universal credit

 

In Section F1 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998, in Exceptions,

 

after exception 6 (see section 22 above) insert—

 

         

“Exception 7

 

The subject-matter of regulations 31 to 34 of the Universal Credit

 

Regulations 2013.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would devolve to the Scottish Parliament the power to make rules about the

 

childcare element of Universal Credit.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Local Discretionary Taxation

 

Individual local authorities in Scotland shall have the discretion to raise

 

additional income by levying a tax, in addition to Council Tax and Non-Domestic

 

Rates, on either residents, occupiers, property owners or visitors in the local

 

authority or within a discrete area of the local authority providing local people

 

consent.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The power will enable local authorities to introduce tax(es) without the need to seek approval from

 

Scottish Government, with the rates and reliefs being determined locally and the local authority

 

being both granted powers to ensure that those on which the tax is levied have a legal obligation

 

to pay and the local authority having the discretion to determine how the additional revenue is

 

expended.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Local authority’s power of general competence

 

(1)    

A local authority has power to do anything that individuals generally may do.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies to things that an individual may do even though they are

 

in nature, extent or otherwise—

 

(a)    

unlike anything the authority may do apart from subsection (1), or

 

(b)    

unlike anything that other public bodies may do.

 

(3)    

In this section “individual” means an individual with full capacity.


 
 

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(4)    

Where subsection (1) confers power on the authority to do something, it confers

 

power to do it in any way whatever, including—

 

(a)    

power to do it anywhere in the United Kingdom or elsewhere,

 

(b)    

power to do it for a commercial purpose or otherwise for a charge, or

 

without charge, and

 

(c)    

power to do it for, or otherwise than for, the benefit of the authority, its

 

area or persons resident or present in its area.

 

(5)    

The generality of the power conferred by subsection (1) (“the general power”) is

 

not limited by the existence of any other power of the authority which (to any

 

extent) overlaps the general power.

 

(6)    

Any such other power is not limited by the existence of the general power.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new Clause seeks to introduce a general power of competence for Scottish local authorities,

 

putting it beyond doubt that they may do anything that is not expressly prohibited by law. It seeks

 

to go further than the power of wellbeing already afforded to Scottish local authorities. The

 

proposals seek to give councils the capacity to do anything that an individual can do. Therefore,

 

this would not enable a local authority to introduce a tax or wage war, but it would ensure that

 

local government has the ability to use the power of general competence in the most sensible and

 

constructive way for the benefit of the people and communities whom they serve.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Competences of local government in Scotland

 

(1)    

The First Minister must, after consultation with representatives from local

 

government in Scotland, publish a list of competences of local government in

 

Scotland.

 

(2)    

After the list has been published, the First Minister may not publish any amended

 

list of competences of local government in Scotland without first obtaining

 

approval of the revised list consent from—

 

(a)    

the Scottish Parliament, with two-thirds of its membership voting in

 

favour of the amended list, and

 

(b)    

the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause entrenches the independence of local government in Scotland from interference

 

by national government in Scotland.

 



 
 

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Mr Graham Allen

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Subsidiarity

 

That subsidiarity as defined by the Maastricht Treaty 1992 Article 5(3) shall

 

apply to the functions of national and local government in Scotland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This extends protection of Scottish Local Government’s independence by protecting its

 

subsidiarity behind a European Treaty applicable to the United Kingdom.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Commission on social and economic rights

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint a commission on social and economic rights.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall invite the Presiding Officers or Speakers of the House

 

of Commons, House of Lords, National Assembly of Wales, Northern Ireland

 

Assembly and the Scottish Parliament each to nominate no more than three

 

persons to the commission on social and economic rights.

 

(3)    

The commission on social and economic rights must report on—

 

(a)    

the practicality of making the Scottish Parliament and Scottish

 

Government subject to the rights contained in the International Covenant

 

on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and

 

(b)    

the consequences of Scottish devolution for the attainment of economic

 

and social rights throughout the United Kingdom.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations determine the role, composition,

 

organisation and powers of the commission on social and economic rights.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of this New Clause is to create a commission to consider whether economic and social

 

rights could be made justiciable in Scotland, and the prospects for achieving fuller attainment of

 

economic and social rights throughout the United Kingdom.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Scottish block grant

 

The Secretary of State must lay before the House of Commons before the end of

 

the first month of each financial year a full record, including minutes of meetings

 

and correspondence at Ministerial level, of discussions between the Secretary of

 

State, the Treasury and Scottish Ministers relating to the non-budget expenditure


 
 

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to be voted by Parliament authorising the payment of grants to the Scottish

 

Consolidated Fund for that financial year.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of this new clause is to ensure transparency and accountability of the process leading

 

to the annual settlement between the Treasury and Scottish Ministers of the block grant to the

 

Scottish Consolidated Fund.

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out “recognised as”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  leave out “recognised as”

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

7

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  6,  leave out “normally”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

8

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  6,  after “legislate”, insert “(a)”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

9

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  6,  after “matters”, insert “and

 

(b)    

to alter the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the

 

executive competence of the Scottish Government”

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

10

 

Clause  10,  page  11,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

the period between general elections specified in section 2(2)”

 



 
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