This morning I asked a question of the Minister for the Cabinet Office on devolution of power to local authorities, which I believe are best-placed to deliver local services. In my supplementary question I asked if the Minister would agree that approach is a positive one, which the Minister was happy to confirm. He also made reference to the Ayshire Growth Deal - I am always delighted to hear this referenced by Ministers as it highlights that they and their teams have it firmly in mind when they respond to my questions.
Bill Grant (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) 11:52am
6. What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the devolution of power to local authorities.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Mr David Lidington)
The Smith Commission was clear that the Scottish Government should work with the Scottish Parliament, civic Scotland and local authorities to develop ways in which greater devolution within Scotland could be provided.
I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree that local authorities are best placed to deliver local services, rather than taking a centralised approach?
I think that that is right. For example, it will be very important to involve local authorities in my hon. Friend’s constituency and in neighbouring constituencies in taking forward our ambitious proposals for an Ayrshire growth deal.