Debates between Lord McNally and Baroness Scott of Bybrook during the 2019-2024 Parliament

Thu 4th Feb 2021
National Security and Investment Bill
Lords Chamber

2nd reading (Hansard) & 2nd reading (Hansard) & 2nd reading (Hansard): House of Lords & 2nd reading

National Security and Investment Bill

Debate between Lord McNally and Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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My Lords, as ever, some very wise words from the noble Lord, Lord Reid, with his vast experience. Of course—[Inaudible.]

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con)
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I am afraid we cannot hear the noble Lord. Can he get closer to his microphone? We may have to come back to him.

Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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Is that close enough? Can you hear me now?

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con)
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Yes that is much better. Can the noble Lord start again, as we could not hear?

Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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Yes, so long as I get the time. My Lords—[Inaudible.]

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con)
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The noble Lord needs to point his head upwards. As soon as he speaks we cannot hear him again.

Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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I will try again. Any Bill with the phrase “national security”—[Inaudible.]

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con)
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I am really sorry but we cannot hear the noble Lord. We will ask the broadcasters to check the connection and we will come back to him.

Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

Debate between Lord McNally and Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Wednesday 29th July 2020

(3 years, 12 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con)
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The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 puts on a statutory basis the Civil Service Code and guarantees the impartiality of the permanent Civil Service to serve Governments of different political persuasions without fear or favour. The Government value the advice and service of our impartial Civil Service and have no plans to amend the Act.

Lord McNally Portrait Lord McNally (LD) [V]
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My Lords, considering some of the noises coming out of 10 Downing Street from Mr Dominic Cummings about the hard rain about to fall on our Civil Service, surely there is a case for updating the 2010 Act. Could the Minister clarify reports on ConservativeHome and by Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph that the Government are about to jettison their manifesto commitment to a constitution, democracy and rights commission, where these issues could be addressed?

Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait Baroness Scott of Bybrook
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I do not comment on press speculation. No decisions have yet been taken on the form and scope of the commission on the constitution, democracy and rights. However, we will consult Select Committees about any relevant decisions in the normal way.