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European Union

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officer in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) determines which (a) reports and (b) e-grams (i) originating in and (ii) received by UKRep are circulated to the EU offices of the devolved Administrations; and if he will publish the protocols which apply to decisions on such matters. (242056)

The duties of the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) (and Whitehall departments) to share information with the devolved Administrations are detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), (available on the Ministry of Justice website), specifically Annex B, the Concordat on coordination of European Union Policy Issues.

UKRep and the devolved Administration EU Offices are in regular and open communication on all EU business which touches upon matters which fall within the responsibility of the devolved Administrations. All members of staff within UKRep concerned with these matters share information with the EU Offices of the devolved Administrations under the terms of the MOU.