Devolution

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Bill Grant Bill Grant Conservative, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the devolution of power to local authorities.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Smith Commission was clear that the Scottish Government should work with the Scottish Parliament, civic Scotland and local authorities to develop ways in which greater devolution within Scotland could be provided.

Photo of Bill Grant Bill Grant Conservative, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree that local authorities are best placed to deliver local services, rather than taking a centralised approach?

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

I think that that is right. For example, it will be very important to involve local authorities in my hon. Friend’s constituency and in neighbouring constituencies in taking forward our ambitious proposals for an Ayrshire growth deal.