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Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Devolution is an agreement that complements the varying devolution settlements of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and underpins how the UK Government and these three Devolved Administrations should conduct relations with each other.  No part of the MoU is considered a legally binding treaty.  Instead it is a collection of written agreements given authority by mutual consent.

The MoU is split into two broad parts: the MoU itself makes up the first part and the four Supplementary Agreements, that make provisions in specific areas, make up the second part. 

The Memorandum of Understanding:

The MoU provides for the establishment of a Joint Ministerial Committee of representatives from the four UK administrations.  It also sets down various guidelines, protocols and principles on communication and cooperation that administrations should adhere to.

The Four Supplementary Agreements:

A: Agreement on the Joint Ministerial Committee

This agreement sets down the operational parameters of the Joint Ministerial Committee in all its formats.  It also makes provision for a supporting administrative Joint Secretariat, comprised of officials from the four signatory administrations.  Finally, it sets in place a framework for dispute resolution between the four administrations.

B: Concordat on Coordination of European Union Policy Issues

This Concordat is split to specifically relate to each Devolved Administration individually.  The broad intention of the Concordat as a whole is to ensure that the Devolved Administrations are given a forum to raise any issue, related to exchanges within Europe, that may have an effect on devolved policy. 

C: Concordat on Financial Assistance to Industry

This Concordat sets down principles that all administrations should comply with when administering programmes that provide private industry with public subsidies that would encourage investment.

D: Concordat on International Relations

This Concordat is split to specifically relate to each Devolved Administration individually.  The broad intention of the Concordat as a whole is to ensure that the Devolved Administrations are given a forum to raise any issue, related to exchanges with the wider international community, that may have an effect on devolved policy.

Memorandum of Understanding

Downloadable document:

Title:Memorandum of Understanding
Description:Memorandum of Understanding of the Joint Ministerial Committee
File:Memorandum of Understanding - Oct 2013 Version [PDF, 3225.8 kb: 17 Oct 2013]
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