The UK Government’s Scotland Office minister David Duguid has accused the Scottish government of a “lack of engagement” with to the Union Connectivity Review into infrastructure in the UK.
The Scotsman reports that the review, led by the current chairman of Network Rail and former commissioner of Transport for London Sir Peter Hendy, is where future transport spending could be targeted, but that Westminster says Scottish ministers haven’t engaged amid accusations the move is a “power grab”.
It quotes the Conservative minister David Duguid as saying, “The lack of engagement from the Scottish Government on the Union Connectivity Review thus far is disappointing. The people of Scotland are set to miss out on the benefits of this £20m interim funding, which could improve their day-to-day lives, something for which we all should be striving for. Failing to engage when there is funding on the table risks leaving Scotland at a standstill.”
It says a spokesperson for transport minister Graeme Dey replied saying, “Transport is devolved to Holyrood and the Tories should respect that, instead of engaging in a power grab which has seen them promise much, but deliver little in reality.”
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