Ministerial role

Spokesperson in the House of Lords

Responsibilities

The official spokesperson represents the Scotland Office in the House of Lords.

The main area where the Scotland Office Lords spokesperson represents the department is when the House of Lords is debating affirmative statutory instruments in the House of Lords.

He also repeats any oral statements in the Lords that have been given by the Secretary of State for Scotland in the House of Commons.

Similarly, written ministerial statements in the Lords are also made in the spokesperson’s name. The spokesperson also responds to both oral and written Parliamentary Questions that fall within the responsibility of the Scotland Office.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC

Lord Wallace was appointed Advocate General for Scotland in May 2010. He was made Deputy Leader of the House of Lords in October 2013. He is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and is the Scotland Office and the Attorney General’s office official spokesperson in the House of Lords.

Education

He studied law at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.

Political career

Lord Wallace was appointed a Privy Councillor in 2000 and in 2007 he was appointed to the House of Lords. He has been a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Constitution and the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution. Lord Wallace’s political career includes:

  • MP for Orkney & Shetland 1983 to 2001
  • MSP for Orkney 1999 to 2007
  • Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats 1992 to 2005
  • Deputy First Minister of Scotland 1999 to 2005
  • Minister for Justice 1999 to 2003
  • Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 2003 to 2005

Career outside politics

Lord Wallace was called to the bar in 1979, practising mainly in civil law cases. He took silk in 1997.

Announcements

by Spokesperson in the House of Lords

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  1. Moderator Welcomed to Scotland Office

    • 28 November 2012
    • Announcement
  2. Bill to close legal loophole on partnerships goes before Lords

    • 6 November 2012
    • Announcement
  3. Advocate General: Speech on Scotland's Constitutional Future

    • 20 January 2012
    • Announcement
  4. Advocate General: Scottish Government consultation won't remove legal problem with referendum

    • 16 January 2012
    • Announcement
  5. Scotland Bill has Second reading in House of Lords

    • 7 September 2011
    • Announcement
  6. Advocate General seeks view on Scotland Bill amendments

    • 8 March 2011
    • Announcement
  7. Advocate General for Scotland to consult on devolution legal issue

    • 27 September 2010
    • Announcement

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