TRANSPORT Secretary Grant Shapps has appeared to blame the devolved administrations for the lack of an announcement on air bridges.

SNP transport spokesman Gavin Newlands raised concerns about aviation workers being "fired and rehired on slashed terms and conditions", to which Shapps responded that "fair play" needs to be guaranteed for employees.

He added in the Commons: "I'd appreciate his help in ensuring that air bridges can get going as quickly as possible.

"I'm very keen to get the devolved administrations, including the Scottish Government, on board so we can get this thing announced."

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This weekend The National reported that the UK Government’s news that it was to relax blanket travel restrictions on non-essential overseas travel in a matter of days had come as a surprise to Scotland and Wales.

The press reported that UK ministers planned to let holidaymakers travel to certain European countries without needing to quarantine when they come back – those locations are expected to include Spain, France, Greece, Italy and others.

Following reports, a Welsh government source said communication with London on the matter had been “patchy” – while a Scottish Government spokesperson said there had been no decisions made yet.

They said: “No final decisions, including on the possibility of amending or adding to the exemptions, have been made and we await confirmation of a planned four-nation ministerial meeting ahead of any announcement being made.”

However a UK Government source said all four devolved nations had signed up to the plan.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the UK Government for failing to consult her ahead of announcing proposed changes to the quarantine regime.

On Monday, she said she wanted to "take a bit of time to consider the public health impact" of the plan and the evidence underpinning it.

While the change was expected to come into force on July 6, there has been no announcement yet.