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Inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom

The House of Lords Constitution Committee conducted an inquiry into inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom.

Report published on 27 March 2015. Government response published on 17 January 2017. Awaiting debate.

The inquiry followed the report of the Smith Commission on further devolution to Scotland and the plans for further devolution to Wales and Northern Ireland. The Committee considered how current inter-governmental relations could be improved and how Parliament could best scrutinise these arrangements. While the inquiry's focus was on Scotland, the Committee also welcomed evidence on the UK Government's relations with the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

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    • Reports and associated evidence - reports and evidence featuring written submissions and corrected oral evidence published at the conclusion of Committee inquiries. Evidence is periodically updated over the course of an inquiry and is not finalised until the relevant Report is published.
    • Uncorrected oral evidence - transcripts of oral evidence not yet approved by the Committee or witnesses.
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    • Evidence - written submissions and corrected oral evidence published for scrutiny purposes or for ad hoc/regular evidence sessions with Ministers.
    • Responses to Reports - Government Department and European Commission responses to reports.
    • Call for Evidence - request to submit evidence to a Committee inquiry.
    • Correspondence - correspondence received and sent by the Committee excluding ministerial correspondence.
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