Justice Committee

Press notice No. 38 of Session 2008-09

15 June 2009 / For Immediate Release

Justice Committee welcome the Calman Commission's report

The Justice Committee has today welcomed the publication of Sir Kenneth Calman's report on devolution in Scotland, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century. The Justice Committee published its report Devolution: a decade on, on 24 May 2009, which considered the impact of ten years of devolution on the United Kingdom.

The Chairman of the Committee, Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP said:

"We welcome the work of the Calman Commission on how devolution could be developed in Scotland, but these recommendations need to be considered alongside the Justice Committee's report, which raised issues about the governance of England, which we described as the "unfinished business" of devolution".

"We also welcome the recommendation that the Barnett formula is no longer an appropriate mechanism upon which to base funding decisions and welcome the interest that Sir Kenneth Calman has taken in the component parts of the United Kingdom, which were also considered in our report, Devolution: a decade on."

1. Committee membership is as follows: Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP (Chairman), Mr David Heath MP, Rt Hon Douglas Hogg MP, Siân James MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Robert Neill MP, Dr Nick Palmer MP, Linda Riordan MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Mr Andrew Turner MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP

2. The Justice Committee is itself barred from considering the facts and merits of individual cases.

3. The Justice Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2008-09, Devolution: A Decade On, HC 529 can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmjust/529/52902.htm

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