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Committee questions former ministers and officials on Scotland-UK relations

5 February 2019

In the fourth session of its inquiry into intergovernmental relations, the Scottish Affairs Committee will hear from six former senior politicians and civil servants from the UK and Scottish Governments.

Purpose of the session

The Committee is examining the effectiveness of the relationship between the Scottish and UK Governments. The need for effective intergovernmental working is becoming ever-more important as the UK faces the challenge of blurred boundaries between reserved and devolved competence, and the need to establish UK-wide common frameworks in areas currently covered by EU law.

The Committee will hear the views of former officials and politicians who have close experience of the working arrangements between the two governments, and question them on their experiences of joint working, how the intergovernmental relationship has changed over time, and proposals for reform.


Tuesday 5 February 2019, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am - Former Scottish Government Ministers and Officials

  • Lord Wallace, former Deputy First Minister of Scotland (1999-2005)
  • Lord McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland (2001-2007)
  • Sir Peter Housden, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government (2010-2015)

At 11.15am - Former UK Government Ministers and Officials

  • Baroness Liddell, former Secretary of State for Scotland (2001-2003)
  • Alun Evans, former Director of the Scotland Office (2012-2015)
  • Michael Moore, former Secretary of State for Scotland (2010-2013)

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