Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee
Common frameworks: building a cooperative Union

1st Report of Session 2019-21 - published 31 March 2021 - HL Paper 259



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The development of common frameworks

The creation of common frameworks

Progress to date

Figure 1: Number of common frameworks by Government department

Figure 2: Number of common frameworks by devolved administration

Supporting the devolution settlement

Processes for cooperation across the UK

Box 1: The Nutrition, Labelling, Composition and Standards (NLCS) framework

Chapter 3: Transparency and stakeholder consultation

Transparency on ‘no further action’ areas

Summaries and insufficient stakeholder consultation

The need to publish the provisional frameworks

Chapter 4: The participation of Northern Ireland

The involvement of the Northern Ireland Executive

Interactions with the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Box 2: The Protocol and the frameworks so far

Reporting on divergence from the rest of the UK

Chapter 5: Common frameworks and the UK internal market

Tensions with the UK Internal Market Act 2020

Box 3: Food safety and the ‘market access principles’

The powers to exempt common frameworks

Chapter 6: UK intergovernmental relations and resolving disputes

The need to reset intergovernmental relations

Reforming the dispute settlement process

Figure 3: Dispute resolution in common frameworks

Chapter 7: The need for future parliamentary scrutiny

The parliamentary scrutiny process to date

The need for continuing parliamentary scrutiny

An opportunity for closer interparliamentary cooperation

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Overview of common framework policy areas

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