On the 25th February 2016 the House of Lords voted on an amendment to the Government’s Scotland Bill. The Bishops of Bristol and Chester took part.
Text of the amendment:
Lord Wallace of Tankerness moved amendment 28, in clause 34, page 35, line 29, at end to insert:
“90C The Crown Estate—Island Authorities (1) The scheme under section 90B of the Scotland Act 1998 shall make provision for the Scottish Ministers to transfer to the management of each of Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (“the island authorities”) on the islands transfer date all the existing Scottish functions of the Commissioners relating to those parts of the Scottish zone surrounding each of the island authorities. (2) The exact extent of the parts of the Scottish zone to be transferred under subsection (1) will be agreed by the Treasury and Scottish Ministers in consultation with the island authorities and in accordance with the general principles contained within the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as they applied for the delineation of boundaries between States. (3) In this section, “the islands transfer date” means a date no later than one year after the transfer date referred to in section 90B of the Scotland Act 1998.”
The House divided: Contents: 68 | Not Contents: 189 | Result: Government Win
The Bishop of Bristol voted Content and the Bishop of Chester voted Not Content.