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Call for Evidence

Call for evidence

The Common Frameworks Scrutiny was appointed on 17 September 2020 to scrutinise and consider matters relating to common frameworks.

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will result in a number of powers that are currently held by the EU being returned to the UK. Many of these powers currently intersect with the competences of at least one of the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish governments.

Common frameworks are a mechanism for the UK and devolved governments to mutually agree some amount of regulatory consistency for policy areas where returning EU powers are within devolved competence. They are sector-specific and jointly agreed between the UK Government and Devolved Administration(s), covering areas like food safety, air quality and the UK Emissions Trading System.

These common frameworks may be implemented by legislation, executive action, memorandums of understanding or other means depending on the context in which the framework is intended to operate.

The Committee wishes to examine how the common frameworks programme will operate and relate to other initiatives, how it could be reviewed and improved in future, and the role for parliamentary scrutiny across the UK.


The questions set out below are intended to provide an outline for those who wish to offer their views. You need not answer all these questions.

Diversity comes in many forms and hearing a range of different perspectives means that Committees are better informed and can more effectively scrutinise public policy and legislation. Committees can undertake their role most effectively when they hear from a wide range of individuals, sectors or groups in society affected by a particular policy or piece of legislation. We encourage anyone with experience or expertise of the issues under investigation to share their views with the committee, with the full knowledge that their views have value and are welcome.

Information on how to submit evidence is set out below. If you have any questions or require adjustments to enable you to respond, please contact the Committee team, whose details are below.

It is helpful if opinions are supported by factual evidence where appropriate. Comparisons with practice in other countries are welcome.

The deadline for written evidence submissions is 15 January 2021.

The Committee is seeking input on the following questions: 

  1. What would a successful common frameworks programme look like? How should common frameworks fit within the broader devolution settlement?
  2. How can common frameworks relate to the Internal Market Bill, in particular the Market Access Commitment?
  3. How should common frameworks facilitate cooperation or manage divergence between the four administrations? Is the dispute mechanism that has been proposed satisfactory?
  4. What international examples of coordinating devolved policy issues, if any, could inform the development of common frameworks?
  5. How will common frameworks interact with the Northern Ireland Protocol? How should they operate with respect to Northern Ireland?
  6. What role should common frameworks have during the negotiation and implementation of any international agreements that touch on devolved competences?
  7. How successful has the common frameworks programme been to date? What has worked and what has not? What lessons should be learnt from progress so far?
  8. Should any other areas be covered by a common framework beyond those already in progress?
  9. What should the process be for reviewing common frameworks after their implementation? What role should there be for parliamentary scrutiny and to what extent should this be underpinned by greater cooperation between the UK and devolved legislatures?

You do not need to answer all these questions.


Written evidence should be submitted online using the written submission form available at  

The deadline for written evidence is 15 January 2021.

Short, concise submissions, of no more than six pages, are preferred. A longer submission should include a one-page summary. Paragraphs should be numbered. Submissions should be dated, with a note of the author’s name, and of whether the author is acting on an individual or corporate basis. All submissions made through the written submission form will be acknowledged automatically by email. NB This does not constitute formal acceptance of evidence by the Committee, which takes place when the Committee meets.

Personal contact details supplied to the Committee will be removed from submissions before publication but will be retained by the Committee staff for specific purposes relating to the Committee’s work, such as seeking additional information.

Submissions become the property of the Committee, which will decide whether to accept them as evidence. Evidence may be published by the Committee at any stage. It will normally appear on the Committee’s website and will be deposited in the Parliamentary Archives.

Once you have received notification that your submission has been accepted as evidence and published by the Committee, you may publicise or publish it yourself, but in doing so you must indicate that it was prepared for the Committee. If you publish your evidence separately, you should be aware that you will be legally responsible for its content.

Certain individuals and organisations may be invited to give oral evidence to the Committee, which is broadcast in audio and online. Given the current circumstances, oral evidence is only being given online. Persons invited to give oral evidence will be notified separately of the procedure to be followed and the topics likely to be discussed.

Substantive communications to the Committee about the inquiry should be addressed through the Committee secretariat, whether or not they are intended to constitute formal evidence to the Committee, at

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This call for written evidence has now closed.

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