The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore today welcomed a productive Joint Ministerial Committee Plenary meeting at 10 Downing Street, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the First Minister of Scotland.
“We had a useful and constructive meeting which covered a wide range of issues and was conducted in a cordial manner.
“The reduction of the deficit is this government’s priority and there was significant discussion around the way we collectively tackle a huge legacy of debt. It is a challenge which will affect every man, woman and child across the UK and it is essential Scotland’s two governments work together to address it. We also looked at ways to create and encourage a sustainable economic recovery as well as how Scottish Ministers could be more constructively involved in future European Councils.
“The Scottish Government also raised a number of specific issues of concern, such as the fossil fuel levy. We listened to their points and will consider them all constructively.
“I am glad to say the respect agenda continues to work well in practice and that will be underlined when I visit the Scottish Parliament to discuss the content of Queen’s Speech and this government’s programme a week on Thursday.”