As the Scotland Bill nears the end of its parliamentary processes at both Westminster and Holyrood parliaments, the UK and Scottish Governments have been in negotiation over final amendments, Cabinet Secretary for Government Strategy Bruce Crawford said today.
Having agreed a package of changes to the Bill, and undertakings on its implementation, both Governments will now recommend that their respective Parliaments support the Bill.
The Scottish Government has secured important changes to the sections of the Bill dealing with borrowing powers and the Supreme Court and to protect Scottish interests, particularly in regard to securing agreement on financial implementation including adjustment to the block grant.
However Mr Crawford said the Bill remained a missed opportunity to give Scotland the tools to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Mr Crawford said:
“We fought hard to get more powers in the Scotland Bill, and succeeded in removing the harmful elements, but the UK Government resisted more significant changes.
“We know the people of Scotland want significantly more powers for the Scottish Parliament - the debate around the independence referendum has shown that - and I believe the Scotland Bill will be out of date before reaching the statute book." Read more...