Devolution

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 20th May 2003.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party, Perth 11:30 am, 20th May 2003

What devolution issues have been raised since 8 April.

Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party, Perth

What difference does the Advocate-General believe her office has made in furthering the interests of the Scottish legal system and, indeed, the Scottish people, during the last couple of months?

Photo of Dr Lynda Clark Dr Lynda Clark Advocate General for Scotland, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Advocate General for Scotland

It is important that the devolution settlement works well in legal terms. As the hon. Lady knows, one of my statutory functions is to look at Scottish Parliament legislation and deal with challenges to the acts of Scottish Ministers. I do so with the interests of the UK Government in mind, but it is in the interests of the UK Government, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people that the legal boundaries are properly dealt with. I try to do that as best I can.