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Devolved and Reserved Powers

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 26th January 2011.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 11:30 am, 26th January 2011

What recent representations he has received on the boundaries between devolved and reserved policy matters; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

The Commission on Scottish Devolution was established to look into this issue, and we are taking forward recommendations of the commission in the Scotland Bill.

Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Will my right hon. Friend take the opportunity to revisit the boundaries between reserved and devolved areas in farming matters? Does he believe that we in England could benefit from the way in which the common agricultural policy has been applied in Scotland?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

The Calman commission looked at these issues across the full spectrum and determined that there was no need to make any changes in respect of agriculture, other than in respect of certain aspects of animal health funding. [ Interruption. ]