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Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the formal arrangements for liaison between the UK Government and the devolved administration. (134788)

There are strong bilateral relationships between the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government and Whitehall Departments, which are guided by principles underpinned in formal documents such as the Memorandums of Understanding between the UK Government and the devolved Administrations and supplementary concordats and devolution guidance notes, all of which are published on the Department’s website. The Scotland and Wales Offices continue to work closely across Whitehall and with the devolved Administrations to ensure that good practice is followed and policies and legislation are successfully implemented, in a way that is consistent with the respective settlements.