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Debates: Ministerial Replies

Volume 571: debated on Wednesday 17 April 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:In relation to subjects pertaining to the whole of the United Kingdom, but which are subject to devolved administration in the constituent parts of the Union, what arrangements exist to enable a Minister to reply to a debate in this House on such subjects addressing the whole United Kingdom, and not only those areas with which his own department deals.

By convention, when Ministers reply to debates in this House they do so on behalf of Her Majesty's Government as a whole and not as the spokesmen of a single department.