On 27 November 2014 the Smith Commission published its Heads of Agreement on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament. The Smith Commission Agreement was the first time that all five of Scotland’s major political parties came together to agree the constitutional future of Scotland and was an historic achievement.
In addition to the provisions requiring legislation which are being taken forward in the Scotland Bill, the Smith Commission Agreement identified a number of areas for further consideration between the UK and Scottish Governments. In the period since the Smith Commission, the UK and Scottish Governments have held discussions on these matters. The attached table provides information on work in these areas.
The Agreement also identified a number of areas where non-legislative action was required. Discussions on the agreement of a new fiscal framework for Scotland and work to strengthen intergovernmental working are on-going. The attached table provides an update on other such areas, including the agreement of Memorandums of Understanding in relation to the BBC and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: