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Government Ministers to give evidence on Internal Market Bill

16 November 2020

UK and Scottish Government Ministers will be questioned by the Scottish Affairs Committee on Wednesday in a one-off evidence session on the Internal Market Bill.

Purpose of the session

The Bill has courted controversy as the proposals in it amount to a departure from the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU last year, and for how it would affect the powers of the devolved nations.

MPs are likely to be asked about:

  • what the Internal Market Bill means for devolution;
  • how the Bill affects the administration of the Shared Prosperity Fund and proposed UK Government spending powers in Scotland;
  • the level of UK-Scottish Government engagement in forming and implementing the Bill;

Witnesses

Tuesday 18 November

At 2pm  

  • Professor Michael Keating, Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen
  • Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government

At approximately 3pm

  • Paul Scully MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scotland Office
  • Bruno Williams, Deputy Director, Frameworks Division at Cabinet Office

Further information

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