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|8 Jan 2020, 3:52 p.m.||Devolution: Scotland||Gerald Jones|
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of intergovernmental relations between the Government and Scottish Government.
Answer (Douglas Ross)
The UK Government is committed to having a constructive relationship with the Scottish Government. We continue to develop proposals for a package of reforms as part of the review on intergovernmental relations.