International Development - national indicator development: research report

The report outlines the research commissioned for the development of the indicator ‘Contribution of development support to other nations’ that forms part of the National Outcome ‘We are open, connected and make a positive contribution internationally’ in the refreshed National Performance Framework

Annex A: Devolved and Reserved Matters

Table A.1 Devolved and reserved matters[33]

Devolved matters

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

All areas were devolved in 1998 under the Scotland Act 1998

Education and training

All areas were devolved in 1998 under the Scotland Act 1998

Elections to the Scottish Parliament

This area was devolved in 2012 and 2016


Most areas were devolved in 1998. Energy efficiency schemes were devolved in 2016

Health and social services

These areas, including the NHS, funding, health education, health services, medicine, public health and mental health were devolved in 1998. Social work was devolved in 1998. Social security benefits were devolved in 2016


All areas, including policy and building control were devolved in 1998. Land use planning was devolved in 1998

Law and order

Areas including civil justice, civil law and procedure, courts, criminal justice, criminal law and procedure, police, debt and bankruptcy, family law, freedom of information, legal aid, legal profession, licensing law and property law were devolved in 1998. The drink drive alcohol limit was devolved in 2012. Railway policing was devolved in 2016.

Local government

This area was devolved in 1998 and the local government franchise was added in 2016.

Sport and the arts

This was devolved in 1998 and includes support for creative industries, Creative Scotland, national gallery, library and museum collections, national performing companies, sport Scotland and major events.

Some forms of taxation

Scottish Variable Rate of Income Tax was devolved in 1998. In 2016, the partial assignment of VAT revenues was given and in 2012, powers were given to set the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT), Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and Landfill Tax.

Many aspects of transport

Aspects of Transport including passenger rail franchise, road signs, speed limits, air passenger duty 2016. (Most powers over aviation, shipping and road traffic law are reserved as is HGV and bus driver, vehicle and operator licensing)


Including social security benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Personal independence Payment, Carer's Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Discretionary Housing Payments and Winter Fuel Payments, fuel poverty schemes were devolved in 2016.

Reserved Matters

Benefits and social security (except those above)
Foreign policy
Trade and Industry
Nuclear energy, oil, coal, gas and electricity
Consumer rights
Data protection
The Constitution



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