Devolution Guidance notes

The Prime Minister has agreed that those areas of political reform for which the Deputy Prime Minister will have direct responsibility should transfer from the Ministry of Justice to the Cabinet Office.

This includes responsibility for constitutional matters, devolution and electoral reform. Responsibility for the Electoral Commission, IPSA, and the Boundary Commissions has also transferred to the Cabinet Office.

The content below relates to the Ministry of Justices former responsibilities for this area.

The devolution guidance notes (DGNs) set out advice on working arrangements between the UK government and the devolved administrations.

They are an introduction to the main principles involved in the managing of the devolution settlements, bilateral relations, correspondence, parliamentary business, legislation and concordats.

  1. Common working arrangements - Sets out advice on common working arrangements between the UK Government and the devolved administrations. Sets out an introduction to the main principles involved in the managing of the devolution settlements and looks in more depth at bilateral relations, correspondence, parliamentary business, legislation and concordats.
  2. Handling correspondence under devolution - Sets out the general principles for the handling by UK Government departments of correspondence from members of the devolved legislatures. Guidance on the handling of inter-Ministerial and inter-departmental correspondence is available in devolution guidance note 6 (ref; DGN6 listed below).
  3. Role of the Secretary of State for Scotland - Sets out the functions and the role played by the Secretary of State for Scotland following devolution.
  4. Role of the Secretary of State for Wales - Sets out the functions and the role played by the Secretary of State for Wales following devolution.
  5. Role of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Sets out the role of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland following the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland. It makes clear that SOSNI retains responsibility for policing, criminal justice and constitutional matters affecting NI.
  6. Circulation of inter-Ministerial and inter-departmental correspondence - Sets out the conventions to be followed by UK Government departments when they are involving devolved administrations in matters which are the subject of correspondence between UK Ministers, or otherwise writing to ministers of devolved administrations.
  7. Court Proceedings regarding devolution issues - Not yet published
  8. Post-Devolution Primary Legislation affecting Northern Ireland - Provides guidance on handling legislation that affects Northern Ireland. It sets out what should be done if you wish to include in a Bill provisions that apply to Northern Ireland and deal with transferred (i.e. devolved) matters.
  9. Post-primary legislation affecting Wales - Sets out guidance for UK Government departments on handling legislation affecting Wales. Sets out how LP Committee expects departments to handle primary legislation affecting Wales, while ensuring the smooth management of the Government's legislative programme.
  10. Post-Devolution primary legislation affecting Scotland - Sets out guidance for UK Government departments on handling legislation affecting Scotland. Sets out how LP Committee expects departments to handle primary legislation affecting Scotland, while ensuring the smooth management of the Government's legislative programme.
  11. Ministerial accountability after devolution - Sets out general advice on matters which remain the responsibility of UK ministers, and for which they are accountable to the UK parliament.
  12. Attendance of UK ministers and officials at committees of the devolved legislatures - Sets out advice for UK ministers and civil servants on how to deal with invitations to attend committees of devolved legislatures. It does not provide guidance on the giving of evidence to these committees.
  13. Handling of parliamentary business in the House of Lords - Sets out general principles to be put in practice in business before the House of Lords. Comprises two separate sections on Bills, and on parliamentary questions and debates.
  14. Use of Scotland Act Section 3092) Orders - Sets out the use of Section 30(2) Orders to amend the list of reservations in the Scotland Act - either increasing or reducing the scope of reserved matters.
  15. Scottish legislative proposals giving devolved powers and functions to UK bodies - Acts of the Scottish Parliament can, in certain circumstances, include provisions giving powers or functions to UK Government Ministers, UK departments or other UK bodies. The Scottish Executive and the UK Government have agreed a protocol setting out the procedures which will apply if the eis considering the possibility of legislating in this way.
  16. Orders in Council under section 95 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 - The Government of Wales Act 2006 ('the 2006 Act') created, from May 2007, a separate legislature, the National Assembly for Wales, and executive, the Welsh Assembly Government. The 2006 Act provides, at Section 95, for a procedure for Her Majesty to confer enduring legislative competence on the National Assembly for Wales (the 'National Assembly') by Order in Council.

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Publication date: 23/8/2011

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