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Devolution

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with the devolved Administrations.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and Supplementary Agreements, agreed in September 2012, set out principles which underlie the relationship between the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These documents are currently available in the Library of the House.

DEFRA and the public bodies for which it is responsible have in addition agreed the bilateral concordats listed as follow for handling of procedural, practical or policy matters with counterparts in the devolved Administrations. Copies of the documents will be placed in the Library:

Concordat on animal health and welfare matters between the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Ministers and the Welsh Ministers.

Marine Management Concordat between the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Executive.

A subject specific Concordat between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Marine Scotland, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Northern Ireland) on Management Arrangements for Fishing Opportunities and Fishing Vessel Licensing in the United Kingdom.

Concordat on the Implementation of Directive 2001/18EC and Regulation 1946/2003/EC on genetically modified organisms, between the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Executive and the UK Government.

DEFRA and the public bodies for which it is responsible also have a number of detailed MoUs, Service Level Agreements and other documents setting out joint working with the devolved Administrations.

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