Energy and Climate Change
Margaret Curran (Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland; Glasgow East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
(1) what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Scottish Government on the potential consequences of Scotland leaving the UK; and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such correspondence;
(2) what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with Scottish Government Ministers or officials on the potential consequences of Scotland leaving the UK.
Gregory Barker (The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative)
Department of Energy and Climate Change Ministers have regular contact with Scottish Government Ministers across a range of issues. However, the consequences of Scotland leaving the UK have not been discussed.
The Government is not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support the United Kingdom in any referendum.
The UK Government's position is clear: Scotland is stronger as part of the UK and the UK is stronger with Scotland in it.
The Government will be arguing the case for Scotland to remain within the UK and the Department of Energy and Climate Change will contribute to the debate.