Self-determination of States: Shetland

Scotland Office written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, if any, with the Scottish Government about the decision of Shetland Council on 9 September to approve a motion for "exploring options" for achieving "financial and political self-determination"; and what has been the outcome of any such discussions.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The UK Government has not held discussions with the Scottish Government about the decision of Shetland Council on 9 September to approve a motion for “exploring options” for achieving “financial and political self-determination”.

We recognise the importance of Shetland and its proud traditions and contribution to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Government has already demonstrated commitment to devolution of power in areas such as Greater Manchester and Greater London as well as in Scotland. We are keen to see power sit at the most appropriate level of government, including local government, and there is much that the Scottish Government could learn from United Kingdom Government practice in that respect.

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